March 18, 2019
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Pastoral Care Day Apart: May 16, 2019
Wellington Reservation, Lorain Co. Metro Parks
“Be Peace: A Retreat”
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March 10 Post General Conference Informational Gathering at Strongsville UMC
German Church Won’t Impose Traditional Plan Bans
By Klaus Ulrich Ruof, UM News Service
Stipulations in the Traditional Plan approved by General Conference 2019 are unacceptable, said the executive committee of The United Methodist Church in Germany, and the church in Germany will not impose the stricter penalties laid out in the plan.
“It takes courage to decide to back up, undoing a previous decision and beginning again.” – Dave Odom
Sometimes, Congregations [and Global Churches] Must Back Up and Start Again
by Dave Odom
If your ministry is no longer achieving its intended impact, it may be time to ask why. Probing a ministry’s purpose and progress may reveal that it’s time to reverse course and start again.
Identifying and Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today
by Nathan Kirkpatrick
How can we identify and equip lay and ordained leaders for future roles in Christian organizations and institutions? Are we willing to even discuss succession planning?
"Republicans ... have been very systematic at building from the ground up and communicating to state legislators and financing school board races and public utility commission races." That was then-President Barack Obama's analysis of Republican victories in the 2016 elections.
Obama was observing that Republicans for a number of years had played a long game. They had invested in and trained a significant number of candidates to compete and win in local elections. Then, as those candidates succeeded and performed in office according to party priorities, they were backed for more prominent -- even national -- races. Over decades, the Republicans had built considerable bench strength that served them well.
Democrats, in contrast, had focused their party's attention on national issues and running candidates in national elections. In doing so, Obama suggested, they had failed to form comparable local credibility and capacity. Their bench was decidedly weaker, and election night losses proved it.
It's an interesting commentary that the former president offered. Even if he might now amend some of this analysis after the 2018 midterm elections, his point has applicability well beyond the world of politics.
How are our organizations intentionally identifying and preparing tomorrow's leaders today?
When we think about religious organizations, particularly congregations, often this question becomes framed as, "How do we recruit younger priests?" or, "Where will the next generation of pastors [and lay leadership] come from?" These are not insignificant questions.
I would encourage us, though, to hear Obama's commentary as an invitation to think about the broader landscape of religious leadership -- lay and ordained.
How are we identifying and equipping leaders for every level of Christian organizational life and for a diversity of Christian institutions? In our organizations, what is the equivalent of encouraging people to run for the public utility commission or the school board today so they might be prepared to lead as mayor or senator tomorrow?
The Inclusive Bible: The First Egalitarian Translation
by Priest of Equality
While this new Bible is certainly an inclusive-language translation, it is much more: it is a re-imagining of the scriptures and our relationship to them. Not merely replacing male pronouns, the translators have rethought what kind of language has built barriers between the text and its readers. Seeking to be faithful to the original languages, they have sought new and non-sexist ways to express the same ancient truths. The Inclusive Bible is a fresh, dynamic translation into modern English, carefully crafted to let the power and poetry of the language shine forth—particularly when read aloud—giving it an immediacy and intimacy rarely found in traditional translations of the Bible. The Inclusive Bible contains both the Old and the New Testaments.
“Thank you for using these texts and for all your efforts to make the church a community that welcomes diversity while witnessings that in Christ, all are one.”
A Thought from Pope Francis for Lent
Do you want to fast this Lent?
Focus of the Year: “Being Peace"
Considering the conflict and lack of civility in our world and communities, our churches and families, and within ourselves, the focus for the year is: “Being Peace.” Following Jesus’ practice of going into a quiet place to spend time alone with Abba, we will seek to find our center and listen for what God is calling us to, so that we may emerge as agents of transformation in the world.
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The Program in Pastoral Care and Counseling encourages the spiritual formation of our pastors believing a strong spiritual base is the greatest resource a church leader can possess. It helps us weather the many storms of ministry and deepens the incredible joys ministry provides. Following is a list of Spiritual Directors in our area. We encourage you to take advantage of this rich resource. This listing will appear in each edition of our bi-monthly webpage updates and new names and contact information will be provided as we learn of them and have permission to include them. If you are a director or know of a director that is not included here please let us know.
Debbie Baker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Batchler-Glader – email@example.com
Harry Finkbone - Finkbone1@gmail.com
Joyce Gordon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Hollingsworth - email@example.com
Liz Nau – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hazel Partington – email@example.com
Jennifer Olin-Hitt – firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Ringler - email@example.com
Sharon Seyfarth Garner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Topping - email@example.com
Laura Tradowsky -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurie Tucker - email@example.com
CBD for Joint Pain
by Kathryn Drury Wagner
Will CBD help relieve the pain of arthritis?
An estimated 54 million Americans suffer from arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation, making it the most common cause of disability. Adding to the challenges faced by sufferers, it’s often found alongside other chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Keeping good posture, moving the joints regularly through exercise, and heat-and-cold therapy can all help prevent or treat arthritis. Lately, marijuana-derived CBD salves, tinctures and soaks have been added to the arsenal of treatment options. For this week’s Healthy Habit, let’s look at whether CBD is worth a try for arthritis pain.Find out more ...
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