October 31, 2016 Today may be Halloween, but tomorrow is All Saints Day, when the demons are really angels in disguise. Taking time in worship to honor the saints who have gone before us is one of the most meaningful … Continue reading →
October 24, 2016 Did you catch it? I didn’t. One of the most significant changes in the Book of Discipline at the 2016 General Conference went unnoticed by many United Methodists, even those who were delegates. Hidden deep in the … Continue reading →
October 17, 2016 “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I grew up on the school playgrounds of small town Pennsylvania, where this childhood adage was often spoken in response to bullying or crude … Continue reading →
Who would have thought that after the “once every five hundred years” flood in 2008, the flooding in northeast Iowa would be even worse in some places in 2016? We started at Shell Rock United Methodist Church. “To God be … Continue reading →
October 3, 2016 We were asked to write the phrase three times as quickly as we could, “I will use my strengths daily.” Then he asked us to switch to our non-dominant hand and write the same phrase three more … Continue reading →
If nothing else, the 2016 General Conference enabled United Methodists to confront openly the three elephants in the church, writes the Rev. Laurie Haller.
The Rev. Laurie Haller encourages the 2016 General Conference to move beyond the mud-slinging of a survival dance to embracing the messiness of a sacred dance.
Ongoing signs of racial challenges in such disparate events as the Oscars, the Flint, Mich., water crisis, and the 2016 General Conference prompt the Rev. Laurie Haller to plead for a new, stronger witness to love and equality.
The generosity of a Powerball winner prompts the Rev. Laurie Haller to ponder how often we might see Jesus in the people and events around us.
In the aftermath of violence and fear about the future, the Rev. Laurie Haller finds inspiration and hope in the work of 20th century theologian and poet Howard Thurman.