Views from a Ridge

Cynthia B. Astle

  • Unpacking suitcase

    Eric Basir

    I'm Unpacking for General Conference

    Cynthia B. Astle has decided not to bring to St. Louis thoughts and emotions that will keep her from seeing God working at the special General Conference. Read more


  • Trust

    Photo Courtesy of Christy Thomas

    Breaking Out of the Prison of Mistrust

    The coming 2019 General Conference will start with a day of prayer, but its focus ought to be on dispelling the mistrust that pervades The United Methodist Church, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more


Grassroots UMC

  • Retired Pastor Helps Children Read

    The Muskogee Phoenix reports: "Retired pastor and teacher Raymond Griffin has returned to the classroom to help children read." Affiliated witth St. Paul United Methodist Church, Rev. Griffin said he had helped with the church’s summer school Project Transformation for two years when he was recruited as a volunteer reading tutor for third-graders, writes Cathy Spaulding. A reading teacher in southern Oklahoma, Rev. Griffin served as bi-vocational pastor of Bethel and Hulen United Methodist Churches for 25 years. Read more