In my Love Your Neighbor Coalition efforts planning for the upcoming General Conference, I work with two thirty-something colleagues just starting their families, and I'm in awe of their energy and creativity and passion for the denomination's future. It makes me feel hopeful -- and OLD. And then in Charlotte this last summer at the Reconciling Ministries Convocation, there was a whole group of twenty-something seminary students running around (quite literally), offering their analysis and staying up way too late. Their energy and anger and commitment to a church that has so often let them down, renews me. There, I met Diego, a young seminary student from Bogata, Columbia, studying Wesleyan inclusion at Boston School of Theology. He was so eager for opportunities to serve; his excitement for life is contagious. He's our guest preacher this Sunday (he was originally scheduled for Jan 7). Let's welcome him. (I hear he got married over the winter break so let's welcome them both.)
An interesting article in one of the latest UM News blasts about a "church space reimagined" in Springfield, MA Trinity Church. A worthwhile read about taking a "somewhat drab" meeting room and creating an Art Gallery.
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