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New District Administrative Assistant for West and North Districts

Cynthia Holly will be transitioning to be the single Administrative Assistant for all four districts in the Desert Southwest Conference beginning August 1, 2022. Cynthia has been a District Administrative Assistant for five years serving with the South and East Districts and brings a wealth of experience for this new position.

Visit England in 2023!

Visit England in 2023!

Have you ever wanted to go to England and visit the sites that impacted John Wesley and helped form our Methodist faith? Now is your chance! Rev. Sharon Ragland and other South District Pastors (Revs. Lynn and Ron Bartlow and Rev. Doug Handlong) will lead a Wesley...

Visit England in 2023!

Visit England in 2023!

Have you ever wanted to go to England and visit the places that impacted John Wesley and helped form our Methodist faith? Now you have the chance! Rev. Sharon Ragland and other pastors from the South District will lead a Wesley Heritage Tour through Educational...

A Journey into the Heart of Christ: Spiritual Healing and Justice (September 18-23, 2022)

This year’s Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation is a response to two of our greatest needs: a desire to deepen our life with God and a longing for justice. Too often, the Church is split between those who pray and those who march. The reality is that the...

When Life is Untidy and Complicated

When Life is Untidy and Complicated

March Madness! I’ve got my brackets printed off, ready to decide which men’s and women’s college basketball teams I think will win in this year’s NCAA Tournaments. My interest is renewed this year with the resurgence of my hometown Arizona Wildcats. Last year University of Arizona’s women’s team went all the way to the championship game. This year the men’s team is rated #2 in the country and was just awarded the #1 seed in the South Regional. Bear Down, Arizona! 68 teams in the men’s NCAA Tournament. 67 games spread over three weeks. 67 teams will lose their final game and be eliminated. One team will win all their games and be the champions – a storybook ending to someone’s dream season. It’s so nice and tidy, the NCAA Tournament. 68 teams know their task – win all their games. No doubt, no wondering what the goal is, no lack of clarity – just win.

Leadership Talk – April 11, 2022

Leadership Talk – April 11, 2022

This month’s event Leading Local Church Committees/Herding Cats presented by Mr. Daniel V. Boring, a lifelong Methodist and active member at Vista de la Montana UMC, is based on his over 50 years of hands-on experience leading both large and small Methodist church groups.

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.”