Smith Mountain Lake – Peace Fest 2016

On April 30th, an anticipated 250 high school students, college students, friends and family will meet at Trinity Ecumenical Church in Smith Mountain Lake, VA to learn, study and visualize a Pathway to Peace for the present and future…

Several speakers and law enforcement will be present as well as two Keynote Speakers. Our own Vicki Gardner will speak about “her vision” of SML and The Chamber of Commerce moving forward. The 2nd Keynote Speaker is David Anderson Hooker; he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our topic Education: A Pathway to Peace.

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2016 Iowa United Methodist School for Ministry

The 2016 Iowa United Methodist School for Ministry vision is a school that helps pastors & laity utilize Family Systems Theory and the UM Connection to strengthen their ministry. Congregations can adopt new ways of dealing with stress and anxiety, as well as learn how spiritually and emotionally healthy leaders influence the emotional needs of the people.

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Honoring Relationships

During difficult times, when divisiveness is pervasive, attention to the quality of relationships often suffers. In order to find a way forward, relationships must be honoring. A relationship is honoring when it provides space for authentic self-expression and seeks to not do violence to the Other because of the differences. A relationship is honoring, when it has as its highest priority the dignity of all.

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Bathed in Prayer

Symbols and words have different meanings and intents. What does it mean for us to ask questions and listen to another’s experiences, history, and lens? With God’s help, let us prayerfully prepare ourselves to be welcoming in our conversations. Stephanie Anna Hixon reflects on a story she heard from JustPeace board member Tom Albin.

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Poetry makes nothing happen

In this Lenten Resource is the poem, “Poetry makes nothing happen,” by Craig Gilliam with a comment by a friend about the poem’s meaning for leaders; in addition, a Lent Prayer by Howard Thurman.

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Welcoming Conversations with Veterans

Those that are committed to a mission and ministry to veterans should prayerfully contemplate the experiences of the veteran returning from war. The stakes are high and the costs of war are very personal. Therefore, attentive and non-judgmental listening will help the warrior in his or her spiritual struggle. For a veteran, telling even a small snippet of one’s story and feeling heard and accepted may be the first important step toward healing.

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Welcoming Conversations

In structuring Welcoming Conversations, the Golden Rule does not apply. The answer is not: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you; rather, what makes a conversation welcoming is if you find out how they want to be treated and structure the conversation to account for those concerns.

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Engaging Conflict at General Conference

The UMC General Conference can be a place of inspiration and exhilarating celebration through worship and prayer and interactions with persons throughout our connection. It can also be a place of deep pain and an awareness of the fractures within the Body of Christ.

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