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November 15 Edevotional

  I just finished listening to a wonderful Terry Gross’ interview, of NPR’s Fresh Air, with Fr. Greg Boyle, of LA’s Homeboy Industries. Homeboy Industries works with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. It’s a fascinating interview. Fr. Boyle speaks of transforming the pain of these young people, the kind of unspeakable […]

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November 8 Edevotional

Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them [clean] in the blood of the Lamb. 15For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship day and night within the temple, and the one who is seated […]

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Faith Formation in Times Like These

God literally shines through darkness in a collaborative piece of art we created with Nicole Farley of A New Creation on our recent youth retreat. Over several weeks the youth discussed who God is and who God is not. The conversation about who God is not turned out to be far more powerful than I […]

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Edevotional November 1

I found this piece on Fr. Richard Rohr’s daily devotional yesterday mind-boggling. But isn’t that what a devotional might be? Getting beyond the mind to the heart. The writing of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin does that for me. As nature continues to flow, I pray that the love at the core of our flow and […]

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Family Activities for All Saints – the Day after Halloween

Recently, a child asked me what color Halloween was on our church calendar. Halloween falls during the “green and growing season,”  called ordinary time, of the church year. While many of us don’t think of Halloween being a church thing, “All Hallows Eve” is the night before All Saints Day. Our United Methodist Understanding of […]

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Edevotional October 25

We celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this Sunday, the 29th of October. We remember the movement of the Holy Spirit in the heart and mind of Martin Luther. On All Saints Eve in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” calling for the reform of the church to the Castle Church door in […]

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Faith at Home: October 22, 2017

The following are 5-10 minute discussions and conversations relating to yesterday’s faith formation classes. If you find one of these particularly helpful, please send me an email to let me know. I’m always in search of the most relevant, inspiring, home activities that matter. — Christine Hides, Director of Ministries with Children and Youth PreK-2nd […]

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The Quadrilateral & October 15th Discussion Starters

Yesterday I had several conversations with people of different ages about what God is like.  Throughout time, people have wondered who God is and what kind of relationship we humans can have with God. Methodists often talk about “the quadrilateral” as a tool for examining what we know and believe. The four parts of the […]

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October 18 Edevotional

“The Lord is near. Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5 – 7 Breathe. Breathe deeply. I just came out […]

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