Pastoral Life

Wordless Wednesday: Our Christmas Tree

I thought that I would try a new meme: Wordless Wednesday! For this meme, the blogger simply shares an image without any words; however, because I believe in accessibility, I will provide a caption. That way my friends with low vision will be able to participate as well! Image: Image depicts our Christmas tree and… Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: Our Christmas Tree

Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Stewardship, Women in Ministry

16 Easy Ways the Church Can Be More Accessible to People With Disabilities

Dear Friends, It's that time of year again! Easter will soon be upon us and that means that many of our churches will (hopefully) be having many visitors! No matter what time of year it is, it is my hope that we will do our best to make our worship services and church buildings as… Continue reading 16 Easy Ways the Church Can Be More Accessible to People With Disabilities

Book Reviews, Books, Ministry, Pastoral Life

Book Review: Grief Day By Day by Jan Warner

Title: Grief Day by Day: Simple Practices and Daily Guidance for Living with Loss  Author: Jan Warner Length: 272 Pages Publisher: Althea Press Available from Amazon and free on Kindle Unlimited!   Reading Grief Day by Day gave me a great deal of comfort. The daily quotes that Warner selected were beautiful and deeply moving.… Continue reading Book Review: Grief Day By Day by Jan Warner

Ministry, Pastoral Life

Understanding beliefs: The Christian

I was honored to be part of this project that works to promote respect and understanding between all people. Although I do not speak for the United Methodist Church (only the approved media person can do that) I was still excited to share my understanding of the Christian faith with others. Please take a moment to read this interview I did regarding the Christian faith.

Creatively Karen

Welcome to the sixth in my series of understanding beliefs. A series of blog posts which I hope will reduce prejudice and create a respect and understanding of various different faiths and belief systems.

As human beings our opinions on things such a the after-life, morals, Deities and rituals differ greatly. As a Christian, I have encountered a lot of misunderstanding and ridicule throughout my life and I wanted to bring everybody together to show that no matter what we believe we are all worthy of love and understanding.

Ultimately, we all have a right to our own opinions and beliefs and provided that we are respectful to the beliefs of others, there should be no reason that we shouldn’t be able to discuss this. So, hopefully through this series we can remove the taboo and controversy of religion and better understand one another.

This time we will be…

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Devotions, Pastoral Life

Devotion: Bloom Where You Are Planted

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5, NIV).” Dear Reader, I have always admired people who God has blessed with the gift of a green thumb. My grandmother always kept a… Continue reading Devotion: Bloom Where You Are Planted

Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Uncategorized

Tips for Sermon Writing

Dear Reader, John Wesley (one my personal heroes and co-founder of Methodism) encouraged “plain speaking for plain people,” he also advocated excellence in preaching. When preparing a sermon, I always ask myself the following questions: 1.) You are the resident theologian: Even if you have never attended seminary, there is a good chance that you… Continue reading Tips for Sermon Writing

Order of St. Luke, Pastoral Life

Order of St. Luke Retreat

  Dear Reader, My mind is racing as I try to gather my thoughts. I’m working hard to get everything in order so that I will be ready for the Order of St. Luke retreat this coming week. The retreat takes place at a beautiful monastery with a lovely prayer garden. It’s the perfect place… Continue reading Order of St. Luke Retreat