God does not have to wait for an apocalypse to be fully present in our world. And through the grace of the Holy Spirit, God is present in our world even now, just as fully as when Jesus walked on Earth.
When grief and hope intertwine
In Advent, all of creation sings along with all the church: Come, Lord Jesus, come!
John Wesley’s greatest gift to the Christian churches is his approach to community formation, writes Luke Melonakos-Harrison.
A poem by Ellen Huang
How could Mary’s words give me encouragement
to bring forth my own child into a world
both beautiful and cruel?
Advent begins in the dark,
in the licking of wounds,
amidst the echoes of “No!” and “Go away!”
This is where the spirit speaks
An interview with Alfredo Santiago on Latinidad in Methodism
and extending welcome for all, in churches and beyond.
David Justice challenges predominantly White churches to engage in Christian antiracism work, empowered by the grace of God, as a conversion that leads to real love.
Sara Martin presents a theology of embodiment, disability, and being human and dismantles dualistic assumptions.
You came to me
in a dream where
we were sitting in
an urban garden
Self-Love As Holy Reclamation
Jesse Huddleston offers insights into how the Christian faith can provide tools for resisting and recovering from church trauma.
Catey Miller writes about her first UMC small group, which helped her see how Wesley’s emphasis on our lived experiences frees us to enjoy and affirm each other’s humanity.
You live in the green fingertips
of spring and everything you make
is free to follow the scent
of the warm wind to grow
wherever it feels loved
until the bark hardens with
its anxious, rigid boundaries
stuffing the green deep inside
the wood that vaguely remembers
being alive but mostly feels stuck
until by some miracle or lightning
strike, the branch falls and rots,
creating new life that pushes its
tiny head from the ground swelling
into the scent of your warm wind.
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