Sticky

Pastor Rob’s blog on January 27th was about how some people are splitting off from our United Methodist denomination to form a new one.  Given some of the tactics I have experienced from those departing, I remembered one of the most hurtful things anyone ever said to me.  It came from a Facebook “friend,” with whom I grew up.  She left our home church in her late teens and has been in a fundamentalist Christian group for about fifty years.  She believes herself and her church to be right in their views about Jesus and the Bible.  Since mine aren’t the same as hers sheRead More →

Sticky

UMCG has proclaimed our mission to be that “We illuminate our community with God’s grace as we lovingly accept, listen to, and serve all in the Spirit of Jesus.”

How can we live into this? I feel we must not neglect the internal work necessary to help clarify our path to spread God’s grace to our community while we welcome opportunities to listen respectfully to one another, accept others into our hearts and homes, and discern the others’ needs and meet them where they are. Read More →