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Sermon preparation process: How it works for me
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By Rev. Dr. Ianther Marie Mills Editor’s note: This article reprinted by permission from “By Faith Magazine,” May/ June 2018 issue. By Faith is a magazine celebrating the gifts and ministry of Black United Methodist churches. The article here was written by Mills as part of...

Wesleyan Pilgrimage transforms heart and soul
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By Erik AlsgaardUMConnection Staff Which came first: John Wesley’s conversion experience (“I felt my heart strangely warmed…”), or that of his brother, Charles Wesley?* Knowing the answer to this question was just one of the fun facts I learned during a 10-day Wesley...

The word is... Excite
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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. Excite By Mandy SayersPastor, Covenant UMC, Gaithersburg As I...

COMMENTARY: Responses to new BOOM policy vary
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 By Ellen BachmanMember of National UMC in Washington, D.C. I am grateful for the recent announcement of the Baltimore-Washington Conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM), that they “do not view race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or age” as...

The word is... example
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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.

Commentary: Will you join in fighting racism?
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"Waking people to the realities of racism and white privilege is critical – especially in the church. People must be awakened before they will ever confront and ultimately transform injustice in our educational, economic, social and criminal systems." -- Rev. Donna Claycom Sokol

The word is... exhalt
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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. Exalt By Mandy SayersPastor, Covenant UMC, Gaithersburg As I write...

The word is... examine
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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. EXAMINE By Rev. Mandy SayersPastor, Covenant UMC, Gaithersburg My...