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Hope for the Church

Originally posted on Taking the Call:
The end of May brought a final family reunion for the Global Mission Fellow class of 2014-2016. Upon the end of General Conference in downtown Portland, we bused out to the serene haven that…

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A Model for the Global Church

Check out the most recent blogs by Connor about the Global Church: https://thebookoffellows.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/a-model-for-the-global-church/ and here: https://ckenaston.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/what-is-the-global-church/  

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What is the “Global Church”?

Originally posted on "Stretch Out Your Hand":
While numbers of United Methodists have gradually decreased over the last few decades, the denomination outside the US (what the UMC calls “Central Conferences”) has grown rapidly. These statistics lead many…

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THEREFORE GO from the OTHER SIDE

(The picture is of the backside of the screen – sometimes Joe’s view as a marshal)   I have cried and I have prayed. I have hugged friends in heart-broken agony. I have sighed with relief and then worried about … Continue reading

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Mirror….Mirror….

The lighting for the mirror in the bathroom of our hotel (which has been “home” for the last 12 days) is not good. Well, let me take that back. It depends on what you want to see whether or not … Continue reading

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A Conversation with US2’s about Poverty and Race

On Saturday morning, Chelsea Spyres (one of my Global Mission Fellow prayer partners and one of my closest friends) co-delivered the Young People’s Address to General Conference. Chelsea is one of the most genuine and compassionate individuals I know, and … Continue reading

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A Chance to Vote

Serving as a reserve delegate comes with both joys and challenges. Joys: There’s less pressure! If I need to take an hour for my health (read: sanity), I can do that and not feel guilty about missing a vote or … Continue reading

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Staying Healthy

I wrote some of this on Friday and some on Saturday. Both days we have spent most of our time in legislative committees. You can see my spread as we work. I am assigned to General Administration in the sub-committee … Continue reading

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The View of General Conference from a Marshal’s Perspective

I like to think of my role as the official greeter of the General Conference! Imagine a Walmart greeter. And since I enjoy talking to people, it is a perfect fit! Most folks I encounter are pleasant, courteous, and appreciative of our help. Marshals help people find where they are going, problem solve, and contact help if it is serious (i.e. – yesterday someone passed out in a meeting and the paramedics had to be called). Continue reading

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For those playing along at home

One of my frustrations being on the east coast/midwest is that I miss lots of the livestream.  (That’s not counting the hours I spend telling myself that I’m going to work instead of watching the livestream… and then I end … Continue reading

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