Archives for March 2013

Staying centered – Clergy find ways to cope with stress of Holy Week

On a typical week, the Rev. Penny Stacy stops a few times at a Catholic seminary near her home to quietly walk the outdoor Stations of the Cross at the beginning or end of her day. This year during Holy Week, however, she’s determined to be there every single morning, and possibly in the evenings […]

TV Review: Show finds grace, hope hidden in dark corners

A young, newly-minted nurse is dispatched to the home of an aging veteran to tend the old war wounds in his leg that never healed. While she’s initially repelled by his roach-infested apartment, the old man’s gentle, upbeat spirit soon wins her over. He has managed to sustain it, even after losing his family, and […]

History of Hymns: Hymn contrasts agony of the cross, victory in Christ

Pratt Green wrote this haunting and beautiful text in 1972 in response to a letter from Francis Westbrook. Pratt Green and Westbrook, a composer, often worked together and wrote frequently to each other. Their correspondence is preserved in Pratt Green’s scrapbooks, which are held at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

UM-related colleges have ‘unique witness’ to offer

By Christopher Momany, Special Contributor… My mother was right, but please don’t let her know. Years ago, I was poised to attend a state university when Mom suggested we visit a small, United Methodist-related school in southern Michigan. I supposed that it wouldn’t hurt to look at one more place, so we spent a few […]

A church crisis requires a communication plan

By Liz Applegate, Special Contributor… It’s a horrible thought—the worst has happened at a church across town. Someone was killed during a crime on the church property. The church suffered a fire. Or the nightmare of having a child molested. It’s with a heavy heart that I have to write about these situations. It’s with […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Tracing John Wesley’s journey: His final years

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of columns tracing the footsteps of John Wesley. I noted previously that John Wesley’s itinerant ministry covered a geographic triangle: from London west to Bristol on the Wales border, then northeast to Newcastle upon Tyne, and south back to London. He also went southwest into Cornwall, […]

Church: No weddings till UMC changes homosexuality stand

Leaders of a United Methodist congregation in Winston-Salem, N.C., have decided not to hold weddings in the church building until the denomination lifts its ban on same-sex marriage. Green Street UMC announced publicly March 17 that its 18-member leadership council also has asked its pastors to refrain from signing marriage licenses until North Carolina recognizes […]

Is God the missing character in ‘Downton Abbey’?

By David Gibson, Religion News Service… The third season of the megahit PBS series Downton Abbey wrapped up last month, capping another must-see run of ruin and redemption at Lord Grantham’s stately English manor. Yet some are still left puzzled over the absence of what should be a leading Upstairs player in this colorful cast: […]

Church in Mozambique starts flood relief effort

United Methodist News Service The United Methodist Church and relief agencies worldwide are responding to devastating floods in Mozambique that displaced some 200,000 people and left at least 100 dead. The UMC in Mozambique has raised money and organized relief efforts on the ground, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief is accepting donations through […]

House rehabbed to serve as home for homeless

By Fred Koenig, Special Contributor… ST. LOUIS—A group from Lafayette Park United Methodist Church is out to address the issue of homelessness in a very direct manner: They intend to provide people with homes. The church’s HomeFirst ministry is working on rehabbing a four-unit house in St. Louis, Mo., that will give four homeless people […]