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Memphis, TN 38104
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Blog

15
Jul

This is what I know. This is how I am responding.

By: Rev'd Renee Dillard 

For many reasons, and perhaps for too long, I have been at a loss for words. It's difficult, perhaps impossible, to make sense of violent and sudden death. Life is not supposed to end that way. Yet stories and images of violent and sudden death have been rolling in on us with alarming and growing frequency. The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile - black men shot by white police officers - and the deaths of five white police officers in Dallas sparked an escalation of protests and demonstrations across our country. If you look only to the reactionary fallout on social media, it seems that our racial divisions are deepening. If you look only to the media, you may see some good reporting and you may see reporting that tries to sensationalize what is already a tense time in our city and in our nation.

If you draw close to your friends and family, even your church community, you are probably just reinforcing each other's long-standing beliefs about race and racism - whether you are firmly supportive of Black Lives Matter or whether you are one to quickly counter with All Lives Matter.

But this is an opportunity for all of us, an opportunity to listen more and talk less, an opportunity to move through our reactionary responses (perhaps good and necessary) and toward a faithful and sustained response. 

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21
Jun

A Love Letter to Loulove

Stephanie Powers Sonnenfelt wrote this heartfelt letter to her precious dog, Kahlua, when she sent her off to her heavenly home on June 13, 2016.

With her blessing, we share these touching words as they embody what we've been discussing with our summer sermon series, "Another Face of God."  Stephanie's letter leaves no doubt that "Loulove" was and is a testament of God's unconditional love in animal form.

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14
Jun

Litany for St. John's Prayer Vigil for Victims of Violence

By Rev'd Renee Dillard

"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words." Romans 8:26

How do we respond to violence in our homes, our communities, our nation, our world? How do we deal with that reality? First, we pray. But let us not only pray for comfort and understanding and peace. Let us pray for holy boldness, for the courage to name injustice and to work for change. Let us not only talk of Love but demonstrate Love. Let the Church, God’s Church, respond. Below is a litany written for our St. John’s Prayer Vigil for Victims of Violence. May Love prevail.

Peace,

Renee

 

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03
Jun

Pastoral Letter: Response to 2016 General Conference, Human Sexuality

By: Rev'd Dr. Johnny Jeffords, Rev'd Dr. John Kilzer, Rev'd Renee Dillard

To the people called Methodists who are St. John’s United Methodist Church, grace to you and peace. We, your appointed pastoral leaders, join our voices in response to the recent General Conference and invite our parish into a deeper commitment of advocacy for a Church that is fully inclusive.

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26
May

“It’s (past) time for LGBT inclusion in the United Methodist Church”

By: Rev'd Renee Dillard

Much has already been written, posted, tweeted, and voiced about General Conference 2016. I likely would not even add my perspective to the mix except for this - people I pastor and care for deeply have been hurt by the church, people in our community have been waiting and watching to see if the church will alter its rules and include everyone with a full welcome and full engagement, and there are mixed responses to the new plan based on the Council of Bishop's recommendation.

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18
May

Dispatch from Portland 3

By: Rev'd Dr. Johnny Jeffords

A short post....

As I write this tonight, 9:18 pm. PST, the Council of Bishops remain in session.  The General Conference has asked the Bishops to convene to offer a  way forward how we might transcend the impasse on human sexuality. 

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15
May

Dispatch from Portland 2 - "Where the Spirit of the Lord Is, There is the One True Church"

By: Rev'd Dr. Johnny Jeffords

"When the Day of Pentecost had come, they were all gathered together in one place.  And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind.  But because the house didn't give the requisite permission for the sound to be heard on the floor, it was ruled out of order."

I know what you're thinking. 
General Conference over Pentecost. C'mon, that's a God thing, right?
Surely, of all things and at all times if there was a moment to crystallize and clarify the hope and promise of The United Methodist Church's witness to make disciples and transform the world it is right here, right now.  My Lord, we've got scriptural precedent on our side and everything.

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13
May

Dispatch from Portland 1

By: Rev'd Dr. Johnny Jeffords

Beyond the real time social media reporting I've provided during our plenaries, many are asking for more insights. It's then I recall that I've had a blog since before it was cool and then passé, so I'll report as I can longer form impressions. 

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05
Apr

The perpetual quest for balance...

By: Rev'd Renee Dillard

We are living in the Holy glow of Easter, the season of new life, and the season of luscious springtime growth all around us in nature.  Flowers, shrubs, and trees are blossoming before our eyes, bursting forth with color and beauty, inspiration and hope.

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05
Feb

"... and went up on the mountain to pray ..."

By: Rev'd Renee Dillard

Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday. I'll be preaching and was reminded of this sermon from three years ago - a transfiguration throwback!

See you Sunday for a continuing proclamation on what it means to pray ... listen ... and heal. 

Blessings!

Renee 

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We all probably know a little something about the rain forests and how important they are to our global ecosystem.

But did you know there are also cloud forests around the world?

"Cloudforests are rainforests that are found at elevations higher than 1,000 feet above sea level. They are cool, misty and filled with brilliantly hued orchids, bromeliads and hundreds of species of wildlife. In Central Africa, cloudforests are home to mountain gorillas, and in Central America, these special ecosystems safeguard the crimson-breasted, emerald-plumed resplendent quetzal, which many believe to be the most beautiful bird in the world."

I have sadly never seen a "resplendent quetzal" in the wild,

but I actually did get to visit a cloud forest..

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