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South District Notes

This is where you’ll find the archives of the South District Superintendent’s notes for the Conference-wide newsletter.

Request from UMOM New Day Centers

Request from UMOM New Day Centers

Requests for Bibles are exceeding the numbers we have available at UMOM! If your church has bibles to donate, please contact Patricia Magyar from UMOM New Day Centers at . Pick up can be arranged for churches in the Phoenix area. Please inform your...

A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home

My wife Felida and I were officially homeless for almost four months in 2020, from Aug. 24th when we sold our home in Sierra Vista to Dec. 14th when we got the keys to our new home in Vail southeast of Tucson.  Because we’re blessed to have a steady income and supportive family, our ‘homelessness’ was a much different and easier experience for us than it is for many people – a walk in the park, really.  Three vacation rentals and several visits to my wife’s parents later, we are once again homeowners.

Treasure the Memories of our Saints

Treasure the Memories of our Saints

Who did you think of on All Saints Day this week?  I thought of my friend Jeanne Long, a church member at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Phoenix when I served there from 2006-2009.  Jeanne died last year, close to 90 years old.  Jeanne had a heart for reaching out to the world with the love of Jesus Christ that could not be stopped.  We had a small and aging congregation at Aldersgate that had been declining for more than three decades, but all Jeanne saw was opportunity.

Creating a Creative Life

Creating a Creative Life

Creating a Creative Life sometimes takes a bit of work. Taking time to listen to God and journal is one discipline that can help. This fall The Upper Room and members of our Annual Conference have joined together to offer an online retreat titled “Finding Your...

DSC RACE Announces Anti-Racism Initiatives for Desert Southwest Conference

DSC RACE Announces Anti-Racism Initiatives for Desert Southwest Conference

An abbreviation for Reflection, Action, Courageous Dialogue, and Engagement, the DSC RACE Coalition actively works to promote racially-focused education and dialogue within the DSC, as well as eliminate all forms of racism within the conference. Sitting on the DSC RACE Coalition are Rev. Javier Olivares, Julie O’Neal, Pastor Diamond Pate, Rev. Timote Piukala, Rev. Kimberly Scott, Rev. Khalif Smith, Pastor Christopher Wurpts, with DSC representation by Billie Fidlin.

Listening Is Essential

Listening Is Essential

Listening is essential for all of us at such a time as this in the world and in the Church when there is so much fracture and division and finger pointing, when we tend to be better at shouting at each other than hearing one another.  And it’s important for us to listen especially closely to those who are often devalued or sent away. 

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