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Where Love Lives

A nearly year-long campaign centering on the faith values that have undergirded the Western Jurisdiction’s long-term commitment to a scripturally based fully inclusive ministry. Churches in the Desert Southwest Conference are encouraged to use these resources in local settings as faithful, inviting, open, safe, and loving places for all people and encourage congregational engagement and conversation.

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EACH MONTH’S THEMES

Subject to change, click on the month’s language link to access downloadable resources in that language.

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OCTOBER

[KOREAN] [SPANISH]
Strongly committed to radical inclusion of all people

[PRESS RELEASE]  [VIDEO MESSAGE]

Where Love Lives Image

NOVEMBER

[KOREAN]  [SPANISH]  [ENGLISH]

We will always keep scripture primary

[Nov Article]   [Nov Video]

DECEMBER

[KOREAN]  [SPANISH]  [ENGLISH]

Seeking to be the light of God

[DECEMBER RESOURCES]

JANUARY

Same-gender weddings are always an option

[Hymnal]

FEBRUARY

Committed to its Wesleyan roots

MARCH

Will ordain and consecrate LGBTQ+ people

APRIL

Cares more about people than its building

MAY

Believes in keeping the UMC name

JUNE

Committed to diversity

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Where Love Lives – December Resources

Where Love Lives – December Resources

Just as we are called to study, pray, and worship, we are called to acts of compassion and justice. In works of piety, we grow, and in works of mercy, we live out our love for God in service to our neighbors. This month's theme is We are grounded in social action. In...

Advent Aspiration

Advent Aspiration

As we wait with anxiety for the results of the US elections, words from the Psalmist, ring in my heart:  “How long, O Lord?”

Devotion for the week of November 30th, 2020

Devotion for the week of November 30th, 2020

By Gerry Hills, Chairperson of the Desert Southwest Conference Board of Church & Society Scripture Reading: Proverbs: 29:7 “The righteous are concerned for the rights of the poor, the wicked does not understand such concern.” “Overcoming poverty is not a task of...

Hope, Through Red Eyes

Hope, Through Red Eyes

By Suanne Ware-Diaz, Kiowa Native American UMC of Southern California As a cradle Methodist, I’d been nourished on scripture from my earliest years with verses and whole chapters committed to memory. Stories of Joseph with His Coat of Many Colors, Daniel in the Lion’s...

Where Loves Lives, From our Younger People

Where Loves Lives, From our Younger People

In gratefulness, today, we receive the voice of four of our younger persons within the California-Pacific Conference about how scripture is primary to them in creating a place where love lives.  The following are excerpts and links to the full posts. “Though the...

Sharing our favorite scriptures

Clergy of the West District share their favorite scripture as part of the Where Love Lives campaign We always keep scripture primary November theme.

Love Lives Here for and by People with Disabilities

Love Lives Here for and by People with Disabilities

By Deaconess Sharon McCart, Chair, Cal-Pac DisAbility Ministries Task Force, and Vice Chair, DisAbility Ministries Committee of The United Methodist Church In Genesis 1:27a, we read, “God created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them….”...

Meaning in the Reading of Scripture

Meaning in the Reading of Scripture

By Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan President Claremont School of Theology at Willamette University I grew up in a Methodist church in Malaysia and spent a lot of time at church. I grew up loving the Bible and attended regular Bible study as a youth. We did a lot of...

Scripture, difficult conversations, and diversity

Scripture, difficult conversations, and diversity

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” [Galatians 3:28, CEB] One of the favorite classes I teach during confirmation is the Wesley Quadrilateral. I use a wind chime as a...

Where Love Lives

Where Love Lives

Watch the video message from Bishop Grant Hagiya on how the Western Jurisdiction keeps scripture primary in being Where Love Lives.

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