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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

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Strongly committed to radical inclusion of all people

[PRESS RELEASE]  [VIDEO MESSAGE]

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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

[KOREAN]  [SPANISH]  [ENGLISH]

Same-gender weddings are always an option

[RESOURCES]   [DOWNLOADS]

FEBRUARY

[KOREAN]  [SPANISH]  [ENGLISH]

Committed to its Wesleyan roots

[RESOURCES]   [DOWNLOADS]

MARCH

[KOREAN]  [SPANISH]  [ENGLISH]

Fair and equal ordination

[RESOURCES]   [DOWNLOADS]

APRIL

Cares more about people than its building

[RESOURCES]   [DOWNLOADS]

MAY

We are what our name says

[Featured Article/Devotion]

JUNE

Committed to Diversity

[RESOURCES]   [DOWNLOADS]

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Devotion for the week of December 27th

Devotion for the week of December 27th

Director of Outreach & Justice Scripture Reading: Luke 16:19-21 There was a rich man who…lived in luxury every day. At his gate was… Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. "It's not enough to simply complain about...

Introducing the ‘Equipping Leaders’ webinar series

In this video, Kristina Gonzalez offers this short introduction to the ‘Equipping Leaders for Relational Community Work’ webinar series available now as part of the Western Jurisdiction’s ‘Where Love Lives’ campaign. [button...

Devotion for the week of December 14, 2020

Devotion for the week of December 14, 2020

Patricia Magyar, Chaplain, UMOM New Day Center Chair and Chair of 2021 Desert Southwest Conference Task Force on Children and Poverty Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4: 8-10 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to...

Seeking to Be God’s Light in the World – An Advent Message

Seeking to Be God’s Light in the World – An Advent Message

Isaiah 40         A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the?Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places...

Devotion for the week of December 7, 2020

Devotion for the week of December 7, 2020

Gretchen Lopez, Director of The Inn and Chair of the Desert Southwest Conference Board of Global Ministries Inspiration: “I seek to always bring God’s love to those in need.” God’s love is not just for me, it is not just for you. God’s love is for everyone, for all…...

Where Love Lives – December Resources

Where Love Lives – December Resources

For the month of December, members associated with the Outreach & Justice Ministries are honored to bring you these devotions, book suggestions and videos for your spiritual practice this holiday season. On behalf of our team, Happy Christmas and many blessings. ~...

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...

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