On Monday, I watched as Notre Dame Cathedral burned. As the steeple fell, engulfed in flames, my heart skipped a beat. I watched the news for hours as the fire continued to burn, not knowing how much of the church would survive. And then the singing began. People gathered all around the building, began to lift… Continue Reading Were You There?
Last weekend, my next-door neighbors had a bonfire in their backyard. They said they were celebrating the last weekend of Spring break. I hadn’t noticed how they set up the wood during the day. About an hour after sunset on Friday night, they started the fire and gathered around it in a circle. Saturday night… Continue Reading This Little Light of Mine
The winter of 2019 is quickly becoming a memory. I learned new phrases to describe the snowstorms that brought the state to a standstill in late January and a good part of February. Polar vortex and cyclone bomb have been added to our lexicon. As I write this blog post, all but a few inches… Continue Reading Becoming More Like Jesus Everyday
This past Saturday, I attended a funeral for a friend, Rev. Mark Spaw. He was the former District Superintendent for Ann Abor and served in that role for 8 years. I first met him when I interviewed for Commissioning with the Board of Ordained Ministry. I still remember the first question he asked me after… Continue Reading Tell Your Story
On Saturday, the Bishop called a special session for clergy in the Michigan Conference to come together for a time of worship, conversation and connection following General Conference, 2019. I want to thank all those from the District who were able to attend. There will be more opportunities for us, including Conference lay leaders, to… Continue Reading Creating New Spaces for New Faces
“The poor are always with you” (Matthew 26) was the verse that Rev. Faith Fowler of Cass Community shared with the congregation of Court Street United Methodist Church while I served there as an Associate Pastor. As Rev. Fowler gave this particular verse new life, she focused on the importance of each word. Those who… Continue Reading We Are Still The Church
St. Louis, Missouri is also known as the Gateway to the West. In an earlier time in American history, this city marked the border between cities and towns and unexplored and unsettled territories. The city also has a special place for me because it is my adopted son’s birthplace. It is the city he called… Continue Reading Take time out to pray: GC 2019
February has arrived. The first four weeks of 2019 have been historical in a variety of ways; some good, and others not. No matter how we reflect upon what is before us; realize there is much work to be done. I want to focus on what is possible for us here in the Midwest District. … Continue Reading Prayer, An Essential Part of our Christian Identity
“I have a dream.” These four words, uttered by Dr. Martin Luther King on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, have shaped my life in more ways than I can describe. I wish I could say that my parents were with him on that historic day. At the time they had their hands full… Continue Reading I Have A Dream Too!
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, This year is a pivotal time for our Conference and denomination. I invite you to spend time each day in prayer as those who are delegates to this year’s special General Conference prepare for conversation and decisions which will impact all of us going forward. The Disciple Groups which… Continue Reading Clergy Disciple Groups