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New book weaves threads of hope
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I love the metaphor of the red thread. It’s that thought or theme that runs through lives, events, relationships and history. It can be anything — love, greed, thirst, darkness, a passion for winning, homecomings. Mundane or profound, unexpected or rote, the red thread weaves its way through...

The word is...remember
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Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column. remember By Rev. Mandy SayersPastor, Covenant UMC, Gaithersburg At...

Yes, you should talk about money in church
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By Rachel Cornwell  “I hate preaching about money.” “Parishioners skip church if I’m giving a stewardship sermon.”“Pastor, that sermon about church finances didn’t feed me spiritually.” Many ministers have either said, or heard, comments like...

Laity and clergy in partnership: a vital connection
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By Rod Miller See the first article in this series: We are called to be collaborators with God. Last month, we focused on the invitation given to everyone to be collaborators with God. This month we explore the rich and vital collaboration of laity and clergy. The first place I learned about...

We are called to be collaborators with God
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By Rev. Rod MillerSpecial to the UMConnection The first in a three part commentary. Also read: Laity and clergy in partnership: a vital connection  How we understand our relationship with God can greatly affect the trajectory of our lives. Where we go, what we do with our gifts and...