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Becoming an Ambassador of Hope: An Easter Reflection

On March 11, 2017, I took part in a Healing of Memories Service at St. Michael’s Church in Hildesheim, Germany. In my role as co chair of the National Council of Churches in Germany, I served as one of the liturgists. The main actors were representatives of the Roman Catholic... read more »

Posted by Bishop Rosemarie Wenner on April 16, 2017

Was There Anything We Could Have Done? A Good Friday Reflection

From the Syrian town of Khan Shekihoun last week came the story of a woman who gave her name as Om Ahmed.   In her deepest sorrow she said, “If the world wanted to stop this they would have done so by now.  One more chemical attack... read more »

Posted by Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe on April 13, 2017

Blessing of the “Disrupting the Cradle to Prison Pipeline” Art Station One, By Ndume Olatushani

(All who would choose are invited to move outside for a blessing of the art station) O God, Whose Merciful Beauty Calls to us throughout Creation Inviting us to wonder and Love We thank you. Made in your image We too bear the marks of creativity To speak truth and... read more »

Posted by Katie Monfortte on April 11, 2017

A bridge back to God: A Palm Sunday Reflection

It’s called the Bridge of Strings and when it opened in Jerusalem in 2008, like many things in that city, it was controversial, criticized as too extravagant by some, and as out of its element by others.  Designed by the renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the bridge, marked... read more »

Posted by C. Chappell Temple on April 05, 2017

Are Mountains Forever? A Lenten Reflection

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. - Matthew 27:51 Are mountains forever? Are forests forever? "Each tree is a life of an Aeta. The mountains are our life. When they perish, we shall... read more »

Posted by Norma Dollaga on March 30, 2017

Simon of Cyrene and Mary McLeod Bethune: A Lenten Reflection

In the stories I heard growing up, Simon of Cyrene was a black man. While the association may stem from Cyrene’s location in North Africa (modern-day Libya), its power lies in racial experience. Black folk claim Simon with reference not to geography but to identity. Simon’s... read more »

Posted by Jeania Ree Moore on March 21, 2017

A Monument for the Living

The Vietnam Women’s Memorial stands as a testament to the service and sacrifice of American women in the Vietnam War. Weighing one ton and standing over six feet tall, the life-size bronze sculpture honors the 265,000 women who volunteered to serve in the Vietnam War, the majority as nurses... read more »

Posted by Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe on March 16, 2017

The Band of Brothers and Sisters

This mural is located right before we enter into the worship hall of the First United Methodist Church in Flushing, NY. The images within the cross represent a campaign we began last year called the ‘Band of Brothers & Sisters.’ The ‘bands’ inspiration and heart came... read more »

Posted by Rev. Chongho James Kim on March 08, 2017

Fellows Blog Weeks 3 & 4

From Caroline Mutsago My project which I am working on during this fellowship is developing and compiling pastoral resources to use on Ending Child Marriages, Human Trafficking, HIV and AIDS, Maternal and Reproductive Health, Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence. As I was working on the content of the pastoral resources,... read more »

Posted by Katie Monfortte on March 08, 2017

I was sentenced to death: an Ash Wednesday reflection

This Lenten season, Ndume Olatushani’s art work will be part of a Stations of the Cross art exhibit in Washington, DC. His art speaks to the need disrupt the ‘cradle to prison’ pipeline. His reflection on his own death sentance is the first of our Lenten... read more »

Posted by Katie Monfortte on March 01, 2017

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