Camp & Retreat Ministries: Coping During Covid

Covid-19 has impacted us in many ways and many of them aren’t good. With the cancellations of school years, birthday parties, events and even camps our children and youth are grieving these losses just as adults are experiencing grief around the changes. If you or...

Water for the Reservation – AC 2020 Mission Project

Imagine. For just a moment, walk with me, through more than 27,000* square miles in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. 27,000 square miles of many homes without running water or other infrastructure that many of us simply live with daily as part of our “normal”. A place...

Surprise

Surprise

It was still the very first Easter day. “That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors … Jesus came and stood among them. He said, ‘Peace be with you.’” (John 20:19) I experience this story of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples differently this year.

7 Ways to Keep Revenue and Donations Flowing During the COVID-19 Crisis

Your congregation may have curtailed in-person services and activities because of the coronavirus, but there’s no stopping your congregation’s payroll, mortgage, and other financial obligations. Stewardship expert Rob Blezard outlines steps your church can take to address the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis in this article posted by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

Faithfulness in a Time of Pandemic

Faithfulness in a Time of Pandemic

The COVID-19 virus outbreak has called us to make difficult decisions and take unprecedented steps to protect our vulnerable neighbors and perhaps ourselves. With rapidly changing information about the outbreak, pastors and church leaders are having to stay flexible and responsive to new information. Finding the appropriate level of caution and concern is not always clear.

A Holy Lent

A Holy Lent

Many years ago, I embroidered this prayer from the Episcopal Service of Compline on the back of my wedding quilt. I could feel its comforting presence covering me as I slept.

Appointive Cabinet Response to Council of Bishop’s Press Release

January 6, 2020 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Grace and peace be with you. On January 3, 2020, the Council of Bishops issued a press release reporting that United Methodist Traditionalists, Centrists, Progressives & Bishops have signed an agreement aimed at...

Response to the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops Safe Harbor Declaration

In prayerful consideration as we approach January 1, 2020, the Appointive Cabinet of The Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church responds to the Western Jurisdiction Safe Harbor Declaration.1 We remain heartbroken by the harm caused by the 2019...

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