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Churches find washing feet a way to capture hearts

By Susan Green, Special Contributor… MIAMI—The annual tradition of washing the feet of the homeless at First UMC, Miami, is grounded in the story of Jesus bathing the feet of his disciples. The church’s start came in the early 1990s, when a homeless, barefoot woman was electrocuted in a rainstorm. If she’d just had rubber-soled […]

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,” […]