Denominations might be headed for death. But for Christians death is not the end.
The Rev. Jennifer C. Williams is currently the pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Kingwood, West Virginia. She was born into a large urban congregation in southern California, and has previously served and worked in a variety of church settings. In North Carolina she was an intern at rural small-membership churches and an associate pastor at a large suburban church, and in West Virginia she was the pastor of a two point charge in small towns and later a station church in a small town. Her lectionary reflections have been published in the Christian Century and Homily Service. She has a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an M. Div from Duke Divinity School. Currently, Jenny is the “mean mom” because she won’t yet permit her 7-year-old daughter to read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire due to its theme of adolescent romance and because she is opposed to her 5-year-old son’s habit of picking his nose during the children’s sermon.
I’ve often preached that we ought to love others who are different from ourselves. But it is humbling to be on the receiving end of that love.
“Idiocracy” and “Fahrenheit 451” both predict a future without reading. The church can be another future -- through resistance, treasuring wisdom, and dirt.
Small practices can allow us to reclaim Advent as a preparation for Christ rather than ‘the holidays’ consumerist busy-ness.
“What distractions in your life are pulling you away from God?” It was a transformative question for me. My distractions are not tasks but attitudes.
What did Jesus do when he was interrupted? Or Simon of Cyrene when ordered to carry this man’s cross?
For SEVEN years, when my accountability group asked if I engaged in daily devotion, I reported “No.” It was the patience and prodding of my fellow clergy brothers and sisters that helped me actually do it.
Should not leaders take their cues from Jesus? When dealing with the bully in an organization, perhaps not.
Louisville Institute now accepting 2024 program applications
The Louisville Institute is excited to announce that applications are open for the 2024 grant and fellowship funding season.
Since 1990, LI has funded more than 2,700 grants and fellowships totaling $57.7 million to those who lead and study North American religious institutions, practices and movement. Their grantees and fellows include pastoral leaders, researchers, early career and seasoned scholars and many others in the United States and Canada whose work resonates with LI’s mission to bridge church and academy.
There are seven funding opportunities available for 2024.Learn more