A Week in Kenya: Seeing the Impact of #30HourFamine

Sam Halverson


On Thankfulness What a crazy time to be getting ready to leave for a week in Kenya.   It’s the day after Thanksgiving. Family time. My daughter is home from college; my wife is finishing her break from teaching; our church is preparing for the Advent season; neighbors and friends are spending time shopping and decorating for a month of Christmas celebration and I’m getting ready to leave for a week in Africa.   Don’t get me wrong - I’m excited about this trip. World Vision is an organization ...

re:Vision - An Oasis



An Oasis of God’s Love By Rev. Theresa Coleman I was showing a friend and colleague around my new appointment at Collins Memorial United Methodist Church the other day, telling them the story of the church, when, all of a sudden, my friend said the most remarkable thing. He said, “This place is like an Oasis!” And it struck me—it is really is! Collins Memorial exists in an area I like to think of as a liminal place, a thin space or a space “between.” In ecology, a liminal space is the space ...

‘Saying the Right Thing’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Life according to Peanuts can be exactly what we need to hear.  Several years ago just before Thanksgiving Day, there was a Peanuts comic strip that pictured Lucy feeling sorry for herself and lamenting, “My life is a drag.  I’m completely fed up.  I’ve never felt so low in my life.”   Her little brother Linus tries to console her and says, “Lucy, when you’re in a mood like this, you should try and think of things you have to be thankful for; in other words, count your ...


Quincy Brown


 3D Journey On Thursday, our family will host the annual family Thanksgiving gathering. And I'm gearing up for my only job of keeping the kitchen clean for 24 hours. I'm looking forward to seeing my family and sitting at the kids' table during dinner. Yes, I still sit at the kid's table on Thanksgiving! It's something about Thanksgiving that touches the child inside of me.     Sandwiched between Halloween, and Christmas, Thanksgiving is the simple, mostly non-commercialized holiday...

‘Future Memory’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… She was so cute.  I was sitting at the traffic light.  I looked to my left and up against the school bus window was a little girl asleep.  Her mouth was wide open, looked extremely uncomfortable but she was sound asleep.  Her book bag was her shoulder pillow.  She was not yet drooling but it could have happened at any second.  She was in dreamland.  She made me smile on a chilly early morning.   She also caused me to remember my own bus rides as a child.  I could almost smell ...

M Lab

Quincy Brown


 3D Journey Do you remember Science Lab experiments from high school? I do, and I hated it. I wasn't a very hands-on student nor was I a fan of the teacher. Well, more specifically, I wasn’t a fan of my chemistry teacher who made a Gentlemen’s Agreement with me at the end of the course. He quipped: "If I give you a C in the chemistry lab, would you promise me that will NOT take another science class for the remainder of your high school experience?"   Knowing that I only needed ...

'Voting and Supporting’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… On this third day of the week, Tuesday, we have the privilege and responsibility of casting our vote for a number of candidates seeking a variety of positions of leadership.  It is an important day that we call the ‘Mid-Term’ elections.  It is important for the state of Georgia because we will elect a new Governor (that is unless we have a run-off).  Some of us will be glad and others of us will not.  That is how the democratic process works.  We all get our voice and vote.  ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… “The question isn’t whether we are a nation divided by anger and fear. The question is what we’re going to do about it.”  This was a statement/question offered in Sunday’s Washington Post by Timothy Perry Shriver, the chairman of Special Olympics.  The following exerts from Mr. Shriver’s article spoke to my soul. “The news and social media obsessively detail how we all hate one another, presenting a fresh new hell each week. But there is another story taking hold in our ...

What Story is Driving You?

Quincy Brown


For the past several months, I've spent a lot of time walking pastors, friends, and church leaders through the process of change and transition. It's taken me some time to get a handle on a process, and it's still a work in progress, as I've made some missteps along the way, but I've come to realize the importance of going slow to go fast in helping congregation walk through the wilderness of change.   Sounds simple enough, right? But it isn’t. It ranks as number three on the hardest thing ...

‘On Speaking Out’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I find it a challenge to ‘speak out’ these days.  For example I wrote an article several years ago about my concerns regarding ‘Global Warming’.  The next week I received a heated note accusing me of being ‘political’.  In my heart of hearts I knew I wasn’t being ‘political’ (perhaps uniformed as to just how heated that topic can be) I was simply expressing a concern.  I read just this week that with the oceans heating up we could expect more ‘Hurricane Michael’ type of events. ...

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