Atlanta Decatur Oxford District

Leaving a Legacy: Seeing a Bigger Picture

Quincy Brown


On yesterday, I attended my first meeting of the Committee of 100, a group of Candler School of Theology alumni who are selected by the Dean to be ambassadors for the school to strengthen the ties between the seminary to the Church.    During the introduction of new members, I learned about three alumni who received Candler's lifetime achievement award. It was an honor to among such individuals. And it got me to begin thinking about what type of legacy I'm working on to leave.   We all want to ...

Transition Management

Quincy Brown


A few weeks ago, I met with David Carr a Ph.D. student and ministry candidate from Eastside UMC. David was carrying a copy of Arnold van Gennep’s book of The Rites of Passage, where van Gennep outlines the 3 phases of change rituals: separation, transition (or threshold), reincorporation. David was looking for a reference in the book for his dissertation.   Our conversation took me back to when I was working on my dissertation where I also used portions of van Gennep’s book. My work was on how ...

The Meaning of Easter

Quincy Brown


He was too heavy. He squirmed with nervous energy. His legs were getting restless, and he needed to go the bathroom. As he hung from the makeshift 2x4 lumber-constructed- cross, Greg was ready to come down before it was time. Greg was playing Jesus during the church's Easter play. I guess this is what happens when you grow up in a family church, and your family is the primary family in charge. And to make matters worse, when we got Greg down to carry him behind the large curtains (we didn’t...

Connecting with the Nones

Quincy Brown


Elizabeth was twenty-one when I first met her ten years ago. At the time, she was struggling to discern her life's purpose and direction. Disillusioned by the church, Elizabeth experienced several interruptions in her life, involving lost relationships that left her emotionally numb, rebellious, and uncertain.   Elizabeth expressed her distaste for common church beliefs such as "hell." Her negative experiences of church, as well as the deaths of members of her family, culminated in the wounding ...

Leadership Is No Laughing Matter

Quincy Brown


When I was a child the guys in my family would play "Double-Dog-Dare." Our version of the game had a slight twist, and we called it, “Bet I Can Make You Laugh.” The object of the game was to make a person show his teeth by laughing. If you showed your teeth, you lost the game, and there was usually some “double dog dare” that you had to perform.    I lost several games, but the one, which I remember the most was the time, my cousin Greg “double dog dared” me to jog to the stop sign at the end of...

From Ashes to Riches

Quincy Brown


 3D Journey   A rich man's wife became sick.  When her death was drawing near, she called her only daughter to her bedside.  She said, "Dear child, remain pious and good, and then our dear God will always protect you, and I will look down on you from heaven and be near you." With this, she closed her eyes and died.   The girl went out to her mother's grave every day and wept, and she remained pious and good. When winter came, the snow spread a white cloth over the grave, and when ...

District Generosity Initiative

Quincy Brown


  Today, January 31 is the deadline for the End of Year Reports for our churches. In this report, churches will highlight its mission by the numbers.  One of the many data items on the report is conference apportionments, the method of giving in our denomination that proportionally allocates the church-wide budget to the North Georgia Conference and local churches.    Paying conference apportionments are very important, but, it becomes incredibly challenging for any church to pay the full amount...

Practice What You Preach!

Quincy Brown


When I went to college, I had to find creative ways to integrate my curious mind with an active faith life.  I found that being a Christian in the church was a bit different than being a Christian in college.  At first, bridging the life of the mind and the life of faith together was difficult.  And it didn't help matters that Michael Peterson, a non-traditional student classmate, and leader of the Christian Fellowship group that I attended, told me that the comic books that I enjoyed reading ...

A New Year


New Year’s Day is the oldest of all known holidays celebrated in the world.  And it seems that people have been making (and breaking) resolutions since the beginning of time.    New Year's is a holiday full of festive traditions.  Perhaps the most familiar are the parties, Watch Night services, and parades and college football!  It seems that New Year's is the perfect excuse for the gathering of crowds in public places, the ringing of bells and sirens, exploding of firecrackers, people toasting ...

Christmas Chaos

Quincy Brown


Christmas Chaos Like many of you, I'm already behind on my Christmas preparation.  We still have Thanksgiving leftovers in the refrigerator, and the fall wreath is on the front door.  There are so many things that I have to do on my list to get prepared for the chaos of Christmas.     How about you?  Are you prepared for Christmas Chaos?  Christmas Chaos is the force behind all the decorations, busy schedules, and total insanity that so quickly deflates the Christmas season.  Perhaps you’re not ...

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