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South District Newsletter

This is where you’ll find the archives of the South District newsletter.

Spring: Time to Play!

Spring: Time to Play!

By Patricia Pegram, Camp & Retreat Ministries   With Winter Camps wrapped up and the first day of Spring ahead, we have so much to do to get ready for spring retreats and summer camps at both of our DSC Camps! We want to ensure every camper who wants to...

Strength, Encouragement and Courage in Hardship

Strength, Encouragement and Courage in Hardship

Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home; 
Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home. 

Imagine how these words sounded when enslaved people working the cotton fields in the Old South poured out their hearts in song. Black spirituals developed organically as heartfelt expressions of pain, longing, and hope in the face of intolerable cruelty and torture. They are among the many treasures we celebrate during Black History Month. 

“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” is found in the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal (#703).  The hymnal lists its scripture reference as 2 Kings 2:11. The passage describes the final conversation the prophet Elijah has with his protégé Elisha, before “a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.”  

For the Love of Camp

For the Love of Camp

By Patricia Pegram, Camp & Retreat Ministries February is here and that means Winter Camps, Summer Staff recruitment, and spring just around the corner! We have quite a lot to offer from both of our DSC Camps, so be sure to take a look at each camp website for...

Gifts of Christmas

Gifts of Christmas

by Rev. Matt Ashley, South District Missional Strategist & Superintendent “On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold,...

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

The District Offices will be closed Monday, December 20 through Monday, January 3, reopening on Tuesday, January 4 for the Christmas holiday. We will return to the office Tuesday, January 4, 2022. "And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never...

The Gathering 2022

The Gathering 2022

THE GATHERING2/22/2022 – 2/24/2022At The Redemptorist Renewal Center, 7101 W. Picture Rocks Road, Tucson, AZ 85743, www.desertrenewal.org The Gathering is the yearly meeting of the retired and active clergy and appointed pastors of the Desert Southwest Conference....

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