District Executive Minister

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

The October 12 edition of the Christian Century was entitled Fall Books. When I began reading it, I will admit I was overwhelmed!  The number of books listed, the range of subjects that were presented, and the depth of research and thinking that was evident in this list was out of this world!

Transformation Vision Team meets in fall retreat

Transformation Vision Team meets in fall retreat

by Sonja Griffith, District Executive Minister The weekend of September 16-17, the Transformation Vision Team and Vision Fulfillment Team members met for their fall retreat, hosted at the Garden City (Kan.) Church of the Brethren. You just have not lived until you have driven for hours to get to a retreat! Now I know what … read on

District Conference Review

District Conference Review

by Sonja Griffith, District Executive Minister The theme of the 2016 District Conference was “We Are One.”  This was an idea and a conviction that was close to the heart of our moderator for 2016—Joanna Davidson Smith! She focused our attention on this theme through worship services, through the newly designed table talk with round … read on

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

I am thinking about the course I am teaching to our monthly Bible Study. The topic is “Church History.” Now if that sounds dry and uninteresting to you, you are not alone! Even I was not so sure of the topic, thinking it would be as interesting as watching paint dry! However, when I was … read on

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

Babies are delightful!! Oh yes, I know they cry and they pee and they poop. I have had two of them myself! However, when they are dry and fed and happy, they are so much fun to watch and to make faces at! And what is more, as they grow a bit, they are, above … read on

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

Have you ever done a grape stomp? That is one of the things on my bucket list!! About two-thirds of the way across Missouri going west to east on Interstate 70, there is a sign listing a small local vineyard that every fall holds a “grape stomp.” And I just think that would be a … read on

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

We do it every Sunday, this simple, little ritual.  And you know, of course, that it is rituals that ground our lives. 

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

From 3:00 p.m. on I was, as my mother loved to say, “busier than a one-armed paper hanger with the itch.” Of course, this little saying may not make much sense now because so few people paper the rooms of their home anymore! I set the table with my woven placemats, my most fun and … read on

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

January is here. Another year past. And the memories crowd back. All the things done. All the things undone. All the times I wish I had done something. All the times I wish I had not done something. And among the things I was thinking was a program I recently heard on “gratitude.”

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

The stirring strains of Modest Mussorgsky’s great “Pictures from an Exhibition” caused me to sit bolt upright!