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IRMS: On this day, we are still here!

By this time, we hope that all of our patrons and supporters are aware that Iowa Religious Media Service (IRMS) will be closing this summer. We were informed in January that support from the Iowa United Methodist Conference would be … Continue reading

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Listening, Gathering and Paying Attention

Grace and peace, dear saints of the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences. I pray that whether it is so powerful that you reach for sunglasses or so faint that you squint to seek it — the glorious light and … Continue reading

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With Gratitude

Thanksgiving means so many things to so many people. For some, it may be cause for joyous celebrations around favorite foods at family tables. For others, especially LGBTQ persons, it may be a reminder of difficult relationships and estrangements from … Continue reading

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BEing the Church

This banner hangs in the hallway of the Iowa Conference UCC office. I walk by it on the way to my desk and each walk I take to the printer/copy machine. Today, I find a deep comfort in its presence. … Continue reading

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Church…State???

Earlier this summer I had occasion to be driving from the UP of Michigan back to Iowa. I stopped for lunch in Appleton and ordered a burger at a local Culvers.  As I was eating I looked out the window … Continue reading

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Why…How…What

As we continue to face the realities of church life every single day (smaller numbers, resources stretched thin, etc.) we are all asking the questions about how to turn the trends of shrinking and dwindling around. We look for technical … Continue reading

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Questions – big and small

Since I was little, I’ve been someone who asked a lot of questions, particularly questions around scripture, faith, and tradition. I’ll admit I was a Sunday School teacher’s worst nightmare. Fully engaged and always sitting with my hand in the … Continue reading

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Give up?

I recently attended the Rural Ministry Conference held in Dubuque through Wartburg Seminary of Theology and Land.  The conference this year was geared toward pastoral care and dealing with the growing number of mental health issues that rural congregations are … Continue reading

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Accepting and Embracing…

A couple of years ago, our beloved 90-year-old neighbors died.  For a long while, the house sat vacant – a testimony to the neighborhood’s grief and loss.  Eventually their children and grandchildren all arrived from out of state and began … Continue reading

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Spinning Bikes in Church and other Creative Solutions

Squirming uncomfortably in the straight-backed chairs in the faux elegance of an expansive convention center meeting room at the United Church of Christ’s General Synod gathering last week, Rev. Phil Hart, a UCC interim conference minister currently serving in Ohio, … Continue reading

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