By Rev. Denise Bender I always seem to become more aware of the weather in the autumn. I think it is because there is a tendency in Denver to have every season there is in the autumn. One day is sunny and I am watching a strawberry plant in bloom (silly thing), and the next … Continue reading Top 5 Favorite Things About Fall
I am honored to have a devotion and three prayers included in a new book, We Pray with Her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead. Written and edited by young United Methodist clergy women, this book features reflections in the categories of Call, Courage, Struggle, and Persistence, as well as prayers for many different occasions. … Continue reading Blessing to Be Who You Are
It's the most wonderful time of the year... unless you're knee-deep in end-of-year reports and business meetings, up to your ears in events for children and youth, swamped with worship planning for a dozen special services (each with their own sacred cows), and managing your own family of origin stresses and dysfunctions at the same … Continue reading Meditations to Help You Re-Connect with God
By Kerry Greenhill © 2017 Based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 The kingdom of heaven is like an old library, smelling of paper and wood and dust polished by fingers and feet hallowed by wonder and doubt full of poems, stories, certainties, questions that connect us to sages and ages past. The Kin’dom of heaven … Continue reading Treasures Old and New
By Kerry Greenhill © 2017 Based on Matthew 13:24-30 God of planting and harvest, sun and rain, when we look over the fields of our lives, our family or church, our community, local or global, we see such a tangled mess of what we intended and what threatens it, what will bring life and what … Continue reading Wheat and Weeds
Sacred Stones Ministries invites clergy and laypeople from Colorado’s eastern plains and surrounding areas to join us for Tending the Soil: Practices to Enrich Your Ministry, on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Burlington United Methodist Church will host a day of worship, workshops, and conversation, starting at 9:30 a.m. and finishing by 3:00 p.m. Four ordained … Continue reading Tending the Soil: Practices to Enrich Your Ministry
This weekend I decided at the last minute to attend the final day of Denver Comic Con, an annual convention celebrating comic books, science fiction, fantasy, and other popular culture, produced by the educational non-profit organization, Pop Culture Classroom. I was vaguely familiar with Comic Con from friends’ reports, social media, and pop culture depictions … Continue reading Six Things the Church Can Learn from Comic Con
Are you looking for Advent materials that draw new insights out of the familiar texts in ways that help your congregation connect the story of Christmas to their own life stories?
Jobs, Careers, Calling, Vocation – all require a great deal of physical and emotional energy. Those of us in ministry are probably more aware of that than in most other jobs. We encourage one another to observe Sabbath and routine self-care, and we can all agree that should be a part of our lives. We … Continue reading Sunset in Costa Rica, by Rev. Denise
A blessing for those stepping out of parish ministry. // The rhythms are different this side of the pulpit. Like walking ashore...