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Learn to see God in Grief

In GriefShare we learn about  GOD’S HEALING PATH. The first four stages in a biblical response to grief involve sustaining in suffering. The second four stages relate to heal ing in suffering. Always remember that these “stages” are a relational process, not sequential steps. Grieving and growing is not a neat, nice package. It is…

The Power of Prayer

It was such a joy to celebrate with Tom and Pat Gamble on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary recently and to see their new apartment out near Parkview Regional Medical Center.  After the fact, Pat called to thank me for coming and to share a story (she gave permission to share).   It has…

Town hall to address UMC, LGBT debate

Friends of First Wayne Street UMC, Some of you have had questions about “what is currently going on in The United Methodist Church?” as it wrestles with the church’s stance on marriage, ordination and  sexual orientation.   Below is an update from Rev. Adam Hamilton that he shared with the congregation at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.  You may find…

Create a lasting legacy with estate gifts

Have you ever considered what kind of a legacy you will leave behind after you are gone?  A number of faithful Christians have chosen to remember the First Wayne Street United Methodist Foundation in their estate planning and their gifts may create inspiration and ideas for you as well. In addition to gifts to the First Wayne Street UMC General Foundation Fund,…

Dinner Is Served

It has been said that when we read about Jesus, he is either on his way to a meal, attending a meal, or just leaving a meal. Jesus was always engaging people in relationship — and what better way than over food? The early church communities gathered in homes and generally a meal was part of that experience as…

The Power of Resurrection

Did you know that “Easter” is not just one Sunday?  While churches around the world may have celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 21, the Easter season extends all through May until Pentecost Sunday, June 9!   Easter is not just about what happened on that one day.  But what…

Opening Our Eyes to Injustice

This article was originally published in The Journal Gazette. Once when I was a student at Louisville Seminary, one of my classes was canceled and the only substitute that fit my schedule was “Feminist Interpretation of the Bible.” It was not a class I had ever intended to take – who, me, a feminist? –…

God’s Way Forward

In less than two weeks, the 2019 Special General Conference will be meeting in St. Louis (Feb. 23-26) to receive the recommendations from the Commission on the Way Forward concerning the church’s stance and therefore the church’s policies concerning sexual orientation as it relates to marriage in United Methodist churches and to the ordination and…

A Second Loss

I was thinking about my Mom today and feeling really sad. It has been almost a year and a half since her death, and I couldn’t understand why I was feeling the loss so strongly.  After all, one would think that we had weathered the hardest part of her death by now. But then I…

‘The Religious Nones’

“Millennials (born 1980 to 2000) comprise 23 percent of the United States population, but fewer than 10 percent of churches reflect this level of representation.  According to a study of more than 4,400 churches by FaithCommunitiesToday.org, 18 percent of churches report no young adult presence in their congregations.  According to Pew Research Center, 78 percent…