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At annual conference, I urged all churches to consider ways to reach out to their neighbors, specifically children – in the community as well as within the church. Often churches tell me that they don’t have any children, but rarely does a community not have any children! I want you to watch the recent episode…
Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato si’,” or “Praised Be to You,” was much anticipated by more than the Catholics around the world, including me. I was quite eager to have a religious leader such as Pope Francis make a strong statement to both the church and the world about care for God’s creation….
As of World Malaria day, April 25, 2015, the Northern Illinois Annual Conference had pledged $1 Million to Imagine No Malaria! We will have an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishment at the 2015 annual conference. The Rev. Gary Henderson, Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative, will join us for the marking of this feat….
As we celebrate the birth of Christ into the world once again, we are reminded of the story we know so well that Christ came into the personal, political/governmental, and even religious messes of his day over 2,000 years ago! And in the case you don’t want to read this whole thing, the truth is…
Flying home from a meeting, I worried about making my connections between Pensacola, Fla., and Chicago via Atlanta, Ga. I had about 30 minutes and in the Atlanta airport it can take a while to get from one end to the other. I inquired about catching an earlier flight to Atlanta, but it cost $50…
The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. “After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, we have selected 8 bishops, 11 laity, 12 elders and 1 deacon to serve on the Commission,” said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops. “This group…