Conference Blogs

9/13/2021

 “Waiting is essential to the spiritual life. But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting. It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes already present what we are waiting for.” --Henry Nouwen   “Waiting for God is an active, alert – yes, joyful – waiting. As we wait we remember him for whom we are waiting, and as we remember him we create a community ready to welcome him when he comes.” -- Henri Nouwen     Henri Nouwen was a Catholic priest and prolific theological ...


7/26/2021

By Rev. B.T. Gilligan for the Abundant Health Team The most obvious statement of the decade is this: “Healthcare is expensive.” Even with insurance it can be very expensive. Deductibles, copays, and prescriptions can take up a significant portion of our income. Add in  costs associated with an unhealthy lifestyle and we are paying even more money to exist while unhealthy. For example, according to UPMC Health Plan statistics on all covered subscribers and groups, in 2020 the average cost for ...


7/19/2021

I am thankful for the warm expressions of support and encouragement as I step into the role of Advocacy Coordinator for the United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania, helping to ensure that the values of our church impact all aspects of society and governmental affairs.   The voices of our clergy and laity can have a profound influence as elected officials enact laws, formulate regulations and decide on everything from school funding to street repairs.  The Social Principles of the United ...


6/29/2021

By the Rev. Lynette Moran for the Abundant Health Team We know that God breathes life into us, that the imagery of the Holy Spirit often involves filling us mere mortals via breath. The air we breathe and other exposure in our environment also impact our lived experience. While asbestos and lead were banned from use in the 1970s (some states addressed this issue earlier), the impact of its previous use is still a challenge. (Worldwide a social justice issue emerges as an estimated 60 countries...


6/29/2021

3: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to ...


6/29/2021

Earlier this month, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, offered the first in a series of lunch and learn gatherings. Hosted on zoom, participants heard from Dr. Larine Cowan who drew on her deep experience to offer 10 Top Principles for women’s success at work. Dr. Cowan is retired after a distinguished career, including service as Assistant Chancellor and Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at the University of Illinois.   Her wisdom focused on praying ...


6/25/2021

I invite you to join me in praying for all those affected by the sudden collapse of the 12-story residential building in Surfside, Florida in the early morning hours of June 24. Oh God, our hearts are breaking for all of the families who have been impacted by the collapse of the residential building in Surfside, Florida.  We thank you for the civilians and first responders who immediately rescued and provided comfort to victims. We pray for the physical and emotional healing for those who were ...


5/12/2021

What is your most important commitment? Being a Teacher? Christian? Parent? Employee? There are many ways to answer, but I encourage you to expand your point of view. We often answer to what we are asked and nothing more, staying inside the perceived frame. We need to think more broadly and put things in new perspective. We’re limited by the question, but we don’t have to be!   I am a United Methodist Christian and I am committed to seeing my brothers and sisters of other denominations and ...


5/5/2021

By Pastor B.T. Gilligan, Abundant Health Team member In February of 2019 I found myself at the most unhealthy I had ever been. My joints hurt, I was snoring, I couldn’t go up steps without getting winded, and the demands of Sunday morning were becoming difficult. After a tongue lashing from my doctor where I was assured that without changes I wouldn’t make it to retirement, I started making some changes. I found a health coach and started getting back on track.   By April I had stalled out, some...


5/4/2021

During the past 14+ months we have all been living in unprecedented times, often forced to figure out new ways to do ministry and keep our operations running smoothly to serve our constituencies without interruption. At times it has felt overwhelming, as if everything that is happening is hitting us at the same time.  And while the word cloud below is not comprehensive, it may have felt at times that we were carrying the weight and burden of these things all at once. At times it may have felt...


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