I’ve been rereading the passion narratives during Holy Week as part of my morning devotional time, and I’m struck by the repeated expressions of Jesus’ anguished struggle. Several times in the gospel stories, Jesus says, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.”
This is the fifth in a series of blogs addressing the Council of Bishops Call to Action report. One theme that runs through the document is Accountability. The Council is asked to lead the church in creating “a culture of accountability.”
The Call to Action Report calls for a ten-year sustained focus on congregational vitality and ministry as the primary place where the United Methodist Church fulfills its mission.
The first Key Recommendation of the Call to Action, found on page 20, reads, “For a minimum of ten years, use the drivers of Vital Congregations as initial areas of attention for sustained and intense concentration on building effective practices in local churches.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an introductory blog on the Call to Action, the report unanimously approved by the Council of Bishops and the Connectional Table.
A poem expresses a truth with a power bigger than the words themselves; a good poem expresses and arouses emotion, reflection, and spirit. Poetry has been a primary means of expressing the spiritual life and of delving deeper into our relationship to God since the beginning of time.
In November, the Council of Bishops unanimously approved the key recommendations of the Call to Action Steering Team.
Elections are drawing near and I’m feeling pretty bombarded by negative political ads. But why have the ads become so vicious, negative, and distorted? Because these kinds of ads evidently work. Friends, we can do better.
I’m happy to announce the launch of our new website! FivePractices.org has been redesigned with several new feature that bring to life the Five Practices, uniting the personal with the congregational themes.
With a tight schedule and lots of traveling to do, last week was not the ideal time for my computer’s hard drive to go up in smoke. But there was still a lesson to be learned…