Instead of guides for how to "survive" Thanksgiving, the Rev. Jason Valendy offers suggestions for how to listen to one another. Read more

Practicing Faith

God gives the freewill to make bad choices, but still counsels against our stubbornness, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

Practicing Faith

In these days of heightened emotions around the UMC's future, the Rev. Jack Shitama offers some counsel about how to create emotional space for self-care. Read more

Ordained Ministry


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Feedback is essential for leadership, says the Rev. Jack Shitama, who offers strategies for how to solicit constructive feedback and survive its emotional impact. Read more

Ordained Ministry

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Florence from which he was evacuated, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant ponders the first action of the Samaritan for the wounded man: listening. Read more



Courtesy of Jim Parsons

Relationship, humility, and listening may not seem like much, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Yet such elements of deepened spirituality may be exactly where God is leading us in God's mission. Read more

Global Nature

Perhaps General Conference offers delegates a time to listen for God's guidance about the church's future, just as the first church conference in Jerusalem ponder the inclusion of Gentiles into a previously Jewish sect, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. Read more

GC Archive


Courtesy of Jim Parsons

If there's one social and spiritual skill that the Rev. Jim Parsons wishes more United Methodists would adopt, it's this one. Read more

Jim Parsons

5 Things the Church Should Stop for Lent

Rather than sacrificing sweets or social media, the Rev. Ben Gosden has a list of things the institutional church should stop doing for Lent ... and maybe permanently. Read more

Feb 26, 2015 2:59 PM Ben Gosden

  • Family History

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    Family History

    Sharing a family history can teach children resilience to face life's challenges. Photo courtesy of Jack Shitama.

  • Givers and Takers

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    Givers and Takers

    A boys babysitter reading him a story.