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If nothing else, the 2016 General Conference enabled United Methodists to confront openly the three elephants in the church, writes the Rev. Laurie Haller. Read more

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Muddy Trail

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The Rev. Laurie Haller encourages the 2016 General Conference to move beyond the mud-slinging of a survival dance to embracing the messiness of a sacred dance. Read more

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Ongoing signs of racial challenges in such disparate events as the Oscars, the Flint, Mich., water crisis, and the 2016 General Conference prompt the Rev. Laurie Haller to plead for a new, stronger witness to love and equality. Read more

Practicing Faith

Zabar's Deli

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The generosity of a Powerball winner prompts the Rev. Laurie Haller to ponder how often we might see Jesus in the people and events around us. Read more

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In the aftermath of violence and fear about the future, the Rev. Laurie Haller finds inspiration and hope in the work of 20th century theologian and poet Howard Thurman. Read more

Practicing Faith

The Rev. Laurie Haller believes that The United Methodist Church is poised to make an enormous difference in the world -- if it embraces the diverse roots that have allowed Christianity to take root and grow. Read more

Perspectives

Sweet Spot

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Churches are often afraid of what might happen if they find their "sweet spot," but the Rev. Laurie Haller contends that's precisely what creates vital congregations and people, too. Read more

Local Church

First Impression

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A chance encounter with a super-friendly server in a local deli gives the Rev. Laurie Haller some insights in what makes a congregation genuinely welcoming to visitors. Read more

Local Church

Amber Monroe

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The killing of a transgender woman known to her church prompts the Rev. Laurie Haller to demand justice for the small community of transgender people. Read more

Advocating Justice

Baltimore Prayers

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What It All Comes Down To

Visiting the 2015 session of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, the Rev. Laurie Haller finds a link between the historic questions asked of ordinands and the church's call to ministry today. Read more

Jun 5, 2015 10:57 AM Laurie Haller

elephant.jpg

Photos Courtesy of Laurie Haller

If nothing else, the 2016 General Conference enabled United Methodists to confront openly the three elephants in the church, writes the Rev. Laurie Haller. Read more

GC Archive

Muddy Trail

Photos Courtesy of Laurie Haller

The Rev. Laurie Haller encourages the 2016 General Conference to move beyond the mud-slinging of a survival dance to embracing the messiness of a sacred dance. Read more

GC Archive

Ongoing signs of racial challenges in such disparate events as the Oscars, the Flint, Mich., water crisis, and the 2016 General Conference prompt the Rev. Laurie Haller to plead for a new, stronger witness to love and equality. Read more

Practicing Faith

Zabar's Deli

Photos Courtesy of Laurie Haller

The generosity of a Powerball winner prompts the Rev. Laurie Haller to ponder how often we might see Jesus in the people and events around us. Read more

Practicing Faith 1 Comments

In the aftermath of violence and fear about the future, the Rev. Laurie Haller finds inspiration and hope in the work of 20th century theologian and poet Howard Thurman. Read more

Practicing Faith

The Rev. Laurie Haller believes that The United Methodist Church is poised to make an enormous difference in the world -- if it embraces the diverse roots that have allowed Christianity to take root and grow. Read more

Perspectives

Sweet Spot

Photo Courtesy of Laurie Haller

Churches are often afraid of what might happen if they find their "sweet spot," but the Rev. Laurie Haller contends that's precisely what creates vital congregations and people, too. Read more

Local Church

First Impression

Courtesy Laurie Haller

A chance encounter with a super-friendly server in a local deli gives the Rev. Laurie Haller some insights in what makes a congregation genuinely welcoming to visitors. Read more

Local Church

Amber Monroe

Photo Courtesy of Laurie Haller

The killing of a transgender woman known to her church prompts the Rev. Laurie Haller to demand justice for the small community of transgender people. Read more

Advocating Justice

Baltimore Prayers

Courtesy of Laurie Haller

What It All Comes Down To

Visiting the 2015 session of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, the Rev. Laurie Haller finds a link between the historic questions asked of ordinands and the church's call to ministry today. Read more

Jun 5, 2015 10:57 AM Laurie Haller

Casino

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May God Bless You with Discomfort

Gambling is just one of the ethically questionable practices that the Rev. Laurie Haller wishes United Methodists would scrutinize more in the context of their Christian faith. Read more

May 11, 2013 10:54 AM Laurie Haller 1 Comments

Sacred Swag

The loss of a button sends the Rev. Laurie Haller on a journey for the true garments of a Christian. Read more

Mar 19, 2013 4:51 PM Laurie Haller

Dachau

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Never Forget

As Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Rev. Laurie Haller visits the World War II memorial at the Dachau concentration camp, and ponders whether American Christians have fallen into the same kind of moral abyss as Nazi Germany. Read more

Jul 2, 2012 9:01 PM Laurie Haller

God Bless You

Rev. Laurie Haller reflects on the reports of bullying of LGBT delegates during General Conference's "holy conversation" on human sexuality. Read more

Apr 28, 2012 7:22 PM Laurie Haller 3 Comments