February 21, 2013

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shared leadership

What wonders could occur in the lives of people and society if we took to heart the call to ministry of all Christians through their baptism. Laity are the ones who model their faith in everyday living with their co-workers, friends and family. The knowledge that "educated" clergy have combined with the insights of laity from their daily experiences can revitalize the church.

Ruth Daugherty more than 2 years ago

Notable Quotes

Bishop Marcus Matthews"In the United Methodist community, we often cite Jeremiah 29 in which God tells God's people to 'seek the peace and prosperity of the city.' In the wake of the riots in Baltimore, I would like you to re-look at these words and, with new eyes, claim God's promise: 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' This is our intention for Baltimore."  – United Methodist Bishop Marcus Matthews, episcopal leader of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, writing to his conference from the Council of Bishops meeting in Leipzig, Germany on April 28.

[But when you’re afraid] “you pray and you march on. This is God’s work. If we’re not willing to do this, then who are we?”  – The Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, superintendent of the Baltimore Metropolitan District, quoted in an article, United Methodists Respond to Baltimore Riots, by Melissa Lauber and Erik Alsgaard on the conference website.