Author Lamott to speak at UMC in Fort Worth

Author Anne Lamott will speak at Arborlawn United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 2. We’ve got the press release here.

Holy Week in the Tate household

Together, the Rev. Sara Tate and her husband, Craig, serve as pastors of six different United Methodist churches in the Memphis area. Given that Mr. Tate is in seminary, and the Tates have a toddler, life can get hectic during Holy Week. Ms. Tate answered questions via email from staff writer Mary Jacobs; here are […]

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 […]

Lenten Carbon Fast: United Methodists cut carbon, not chocolate, for Lent

              Some Christians observe Lent by giving up meat, chocolate or Facebook.             This year, members of Travis Park United Methodist in San Antonio plan are “giving up” carbon instead.             They are part of a small but growing number of United Methodists who are committing to a “Lenten carbon fast” —a series of daily […]

Pretzels: Lent’s official snack

And you thought pretzels were just a salty, crunchy snack. At some United Methodist churches, the humble pretzel is a tasty sign of the arrival of Lent.  A few, like Sumner United Methodist in Sumner, Wash., even set aside “Pretzel Sunday,” typically on the first Sunday of Lent. At Emmanuel UMC in Fleetwood, Pa., “Pretzel […]

Q&A: Women as social gospel practitioners

History has largely ignored the work of churchwomen, according to the Rev. Ellen Blue, and she’s written a book in hopes of beginning to change that. A professor of the history of Christianity and United Methodist studies at Phillips Theological Seminary in Oklahoma, she is the author of St. Mark’s and the Social Gospel: Methodist […]

Give it up – UMs mark Lent by giving up, giving away and helping out

Two or three times a week, Allison Griffin meets business associates at a Starbucks around town. Each time, she pays $3.75 for an iced espresso drink. But during Lent, which began Feb. 13 and ends on Easter Sunday, March 31, Ms. Griffin is foregoing the espresso and making do with a cup of ice water. […]

Q&A: On knowing and editing H. Nouwen

Many people have come to know Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) through his prolific writings on the spiritual life. John Mogabgab came to know him personally—from 1975 to 1980, Dr. Mogabgab served as an assistant to Nouwen. Recently, he edited A Spirituality of Homecoming, the latest in an Upper Room Books series based on Nouwen’s writings. Dr. […]

All work, no pay – Aid ministry thrives under volunteer director

DALLAS—For the past 15 years, Judy Rorrie has worked 60 hours a week as executive director of North Dallas Shared Ministries: managing an annual budget of about $1 million, directing some 500-plus volunteers, overseeing an emergency aid operation and food pantry, and maintaining relationships with the 50-plus congregations that support the ministry. And now, at […]