Conference Moderator I completed my second and final year as Moderator of the Pacific Northwest Conference at the Conference Annual Meeting – April 27-29. One pastor said “This was the best annual meeting I have attended in my 32 years in ministry here.” It was a good ending to my two years in leadership as … Continue reading My Heart is Full of Thanks
“We can’t do this again! We can’t!” And yet, here we were, doing it again. It was the same old pattern. The meeting began with great connection, vision, dreaming and energy. But after the lunch break, as the conversation turned to plans on what to do next, all that energy we’d experienced fled the room. We … Continue reading We can’t do this again!
I have walked through many lives, some of them my own, and I am not who I was, though some principle of being abides, from which I struggle not to stray. Stanely Kunitz, from his poem, “The Layers” This Fall, we begin a year-long worship series on migration. We begin with exploring all it takes … Continue reading Our Migration Stories
In February our Worship and Music ministry brought worship consultant Marcia McFee to work with members of our worship and music lay ministry and staff. Peter Ilgenfritz, Heidi Blythe and Kris Garratt had all studied with Marcia previously, and her model of worship-leadership including: long range planning, worship series, and multi-sensory worship has long been … Continue reading Ministry Update: what’s up with worship?