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ALS Tutor Teaches OSYs Life Lessons

by Glenda B. Gutierrez

“Life used to be a struggle,” says Joanna Marie Merced in Filipino vernacular.

Teacher Joanne, as she is fondly called, is one of the Instructional Managers (IMs) of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) who have been helping the Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation Inc. 642 more words

She sang to me in Spanish...

I just went through an amazing process as an episcopal candidate for the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. As a steady “2nd” in the voting process, I was able to talk to many people…delegates, those who were connected to caucus groups and those who were not, as well as those who were hanging on the sidelines. 325 more words

New Bishop Appointed to East Ohio

Last week, the North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church elected four new Bishops to replace retiring episcopal leaders. One of those Bishops, Dr. Tracy Smith Malone, was assigned Saturday, July 16 to oversee the East Ohio Annual Conference. 100 more words


What Happened Out West

Just in case you don’t speak Methodist, the way we work is pretty simple: every four years both lay and clergy delegates cluster in one of five regional gatherings known as Jurisdictional Conferences for the principal purpose of electing new bishops to replace those who are retiring. 500 more words

The Un-tied Methodist Church

As most of you know, I wasn’t elected Bishop last week, and to let everyone know – I’m fine. I might not carry a shepherd’s crook like a Bishop does, but will always seek to carry a shepherd’s heart. 1,282 more words

United Methodist

A Church For A Time Such As This

As the time came for our prayer on Sunday morning, we couldn’t help but pray the news – for the victims of gun violence across the nation, for those trapped in the cycle of racism, and for those whose call to protect and serve left them exposed, threatened and afraid. 983 more words

Common Sense

Gain all you can by common sense, by using in your business all the understanding which God has given you. It is amazing to observe how few do this, how men run on in the same dull track with their forefathers.” 256 more words