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‘Grandfamilies’ provide love, sanctuary with church support

By Susan Passi-Klaus, UMNS… By the time Mollie and John Moore had reached their mid-50s, pre-retirement life was looking great. Both were winding down busy careers and had a lot of freedom to do what John refers to as “run around.” They enjoyed weekend getaways to visit family, trips to watch the University of Tennessee […]

Foot washing stirs spirit at Oklahoma Conference

By Bill Sherman, Tulsa World… TULSA, Okla.—Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. removed his vestments, knelt and washed the feet of 12 people who were being ordained May 29 in the United Methodist Church. About 1,000 delegates to the Oklahoma Annual Conference witnessed the rare foot-washing ceremony at Boston Avenue UMC. “People were just blown away,” […]

‘Battle Hymn’ inspired by visit to troops in Civil War

“Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” Julia Ward Howe UM Hymnal, No. 717  Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword; His truth is marching on. Julia […]

Aging Well: Why the church is no place for age group wars

By Missy Buchanan, UMR Columnist Lately I have been wondering, when did aging become a sport in the United Methodist Church? To participate in this cockeyed game it seems you must pledge allegiance to only one age group—young or old. Not only that, the rules state that you must fiercely oppose the other generation, all […]

‘Find the Quiet Center’ seeks calm amid chaos of life in 21st century

By Renée N. Boone, Special Contributor… “Come and Find the Quiet Center” Shirley Erena Murray The Faith We Sing, No. 2128   Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead, find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed: clear the chaos and the clutter, clear […]

Wesley not author of ‘Come, Thou Almighty King’

“Come, Thou Almighty King” Anonymous author UM Hymnal, No. 61 Come, thou almighty King, Help us thy name to sing, Help us to praise! Father all glorious, O’er all victorious, Come and reign over us, Ancient of Days! This well-known hymn, now of uncertain authorship, was attributed to Charles Wesley in Methodist hymnals published in […]

‘Wind Who Makes All Winds’ honors presence of Holy Spirit

“Wind Who Makes All Winds that Blow” Thomas Troeger UM Hymnal, No. 538 Wind who makes all winds that blow, gusts that bend the sapling low, gales that heave the sea in waves, stirrings in the mind’s deep caves: Aim your breath with steady power on your church, this day, this hour. Raise, renew the […]

Aging Well: If church doesn’t value frail seniors, who will?

Each week I visit older adult friends in three different senior care communities. Not long ago when I went to visit one of my friends, I saw a frail woman sitting in a wheelchair, looking out the window at the parking lot. She looked dressed for a special occasion with white curls framing her thin […]

German hymn rejoices in God’s eternal reign

Frances Elizabeth Cox (1812-1897) devoted herself to the translation of hymns from the German language into English. In total, she published 56 hymns in Sacred Hymns from the German(1841, 2nd edition, 1864). Though little is known about Cox’s life, her translations remain a testament to her accomplishments. Of the approximately 80 texts she translated, most […]

15th-century carol tells post-resurrection story

The author of the Latin poem “O filii et filiae, Rex coelestis, Rex gloriae,” Jean Tisserand (d. 1494, Paris), is little known to us. He was a Franciscan monk who founded a penitent order for women. Tisserand’s Latin poem was translated into English by the famous 19th-century hymnologist, John Mason Neale (1818-1866). Neale was the […]