Yesterday at General Conference I had a lengthy conversation with Rev. Dr. Tom Albin, the Dean of The Upper Room, who told me this story about their work in preparing for this Conference. The Upper Room created a Prayer Team to hold our process and all the delegates in prayer.
It’s Friday (I think) afternoon in Tampa. We are starting to tire a little here at General Conference. But the work is getting done. Yesterday and today has been full of legislative committee work as the body considers the many petitions for changes to the Book of Discipline. The real
The day began with a 7:00 am strategy session for delegates from the Western Jurisdiction, in which we heard reports of all those who were elected to lead the various legislative committees. We reminded one another again of the importance of developing relationships with persons from other jurisdictions – especially
Today is World Malaria Day, and the United Methodist General Conference is celebrating the “Imagine No Malaria/Nothing But Nets” campaign we’ve been engaged in along with the Gates Foundation and the NBA. In 2010 malaria claimed one life every 30 seconds. In 2011, one life was lost to malaria every
The Bible is full of movement. There is the great big movement of God’s creation, or the more discreet movement of the Holy Spirit in the lives of individuals and communities. There are countless movements of faith throughout the Biblical record which result in so many stories of grace. One
A few years ago I decided to learn to play the Marimba, that xylophone-type instrument from Zimbabwe. And I found in that experience some good fun, but also some good theology. First, when you learn marimba in the manner of the Shona people of southern Africa, you do not learn