‘Tis the Season…for Advocacy

Last Sunday, we began worship by singing the first chorus of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel:” Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel, shall come to thee O Israel. Emmanuel means God with us and we celebrate Christmas to remember Christ being born into our world. Christmas has become many things: a time to be with family, a time…

Need vs. Want vs. Used to

When I was a little girl, my mother would take me shopping (she still does!) to buy new shoes for school or new dress, etc. She would let me try on as many things as I liked, but I was only allowed to buy what I needed not what I wanted. She would always ask…

What would your church do?

The Workers Defense Project has offices located at an Episcopal Church in Dallas. Some people would say that the location is “not the best” because of safety concerns, etc. and it is located in a working-class Latino neighborhood in Dallas, so the neighborhood certainly has character. Personally, I have always felt safe, and I enjoy…

Literally the Worst…

This post is not a reflection on my time here in Hong Kong, although I leave exactly 10 days from today. EEK! This post is one that I’ve been meaning to write for about six weeks now when I was reading a blog about Christianity and the importance of marrying the right person, and I…

Why I haven’t Left the Church

Since I joined this program, I have read numerous blog postings, newspaper articles and engaged in discussions about why young people are leaving the church. The fact is that thousands of young adults leave the church every year. Among my immediate friends who I grew up with in youth group, maybe one or two of…

How to Become Me (or Hire Someone like me)

Global Ministries just began its application cycle for the Global Mission Fellow program, formerly the Mission Intern program (the program that I am currently participating it). This means that they are looking for young adults from all over the world between the ages of 20-30 to apply for this program. I know that many of…

Woah there cowboy: Mutuality in Mission on the ground

Mutuality in mission is an important tenet of this program, and of how the United Methodist Church approaches mission. Mutuality in mission means that churches enter into partnerships and relationships with communities and organizations about how they need our service. Everybody approaches the relationship knowing that each party has something to offer and that both…