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A home for Jesus: Christmas message


“The best gift we can offer God and one another this Christmas is to make a home for Jesus in our lives,” said Bishop Ough.

My heart is heavy


“The actions of the General Conference do not change who you are, or who we are, in Christ," Bishop Bruce R. Ough said.

GC2019: What's next?


Rev. Cindy Gregorson talks about where we go from here, given the outcome of General Conference 2019, and what gives her hope at a time when many are experiencing sadness and disappointment.

Shirley Durr: Too deep for words


“Your ‘one wild and precious life’ is what matters most, not what is debated on the floor. Breathe in the Spirit and know that God moves in you.”

Preparing our hearts and minds for General Conference


I humbly offer you several considerations for your spiritual preparations for General Conference. Let us set all our hope on the grace of Jesus Christ!

Starting 2019 off right


Marcia Alexander, a member at Epworth UMC and a financial advisor at Thrivent Financial, poses five important financial questions for clergy.

The heart of the Magi: Bishop's Christmas message


Bishop Ough encourages us to approach this Christmas with the hearts of the Magi: constantly being formed and shaped into the way of the Lord.

The Enneagram as a tool for spiritual growth


A look at what the Enneagram is and how it can be a helpful tool for personal and spiritual reflection and growth.

A prayer for the harvest


During this difficult harvest season, Bishop Ough prays that joy and gladness be restored to our orchards and farms and ranches.

Their silence fills the earth


Bishop Ough says we're called to break the silence for those who cannot, and to honor the truth of those who find their voice.

Stewarding the church in the 21st century


Six key principles describe the responsibility and the opportunity we have to lead our congregations.

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