Restorative Justice in the United Methodist Church

This was the week of Amy DeLong’s United Methodist Church Trial. She was charged by the church with being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” and with having performed a union service for two women. I spent the week thinking of her, praying for her and the entire process, helping...
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MAY BOOKS

In May I read eleven books and these are the ones I would especially point out. — Healing—A Woman’s Journey from Doctor to Nun by Sister Dang Nghiem. Sister Nghiem was born in the midst of the Vietnam War and this book tells of her journey from her...
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The Girls

The Girls — he called them “the girls” this group of deer who still make their way across his lawn to the small space of woods on the other side of his street — “the girls” keep coming despite the Saturn dealer who cleared some trees to make...
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God of Generations

God of generations— — I am one. There are many who have lived before me. I know only a few of them. — There are many who live now and I know a few. — There are many who will live after me and I can only imagine...
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April Books

April Books In April I read ten books—these are the ones I would highlight. Marked for Life—The story of Hildegard Goss-Mayr by Richard Deats. I have known Richard Deats for over thirty years and didn’t think I could admire him more than I already do. But after reading...
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Prayer for Living My Days

Recently I went to a conference on world peace and within the next day or two, I wrote these new words to the tune of the hymn, “Be Thou My Vision.” —– Prayer for Living My Days — Time marches forward from day unto day, I spend my...
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From Tim Wernette

Want to share a powerful experience I recently had up in Kingman High School.  I was invited to participate in a morning assembly program (around 500 students) addressing a variety of violence issues.  My presentation on sexual harassment prevention was first, followed by a police officer and DA discussing legal aspects...
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Books for March

I read 14 books in March but the following are the significant ones: — You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train—A Personal History of Our Times by Howard Zinn. This is the very top of the list for March. I recommend it to everyone. I think it...
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The Lorraine

April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Mike Vrabel, a member of Sparta United Methodist Church, wrote this poem and gave me permission to post it on this website on April 4, 2011 forty-three years...
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A Shadorma or Two

On Ash Wednesday of 2010, I started to write a Shadorma every day. I had just read of them and was fascinated by the form: six lines, 1st line—three syllables; 2nd line—five syllables; 3rd line—three syllables; 4th line—three syllables; 5th line—seven syllables; 6th line—five syllables. I’ve put three...
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Mama and Me

Mama and Me

Mama and Me---Our last three years together and beyond is a book about a relationship, built over 50 years and culminating in Mama’s death.

Do You Love Me

Do You Love Me

Do You Love Me is a wonderful children's book. A conversation between a Grandmother and Grandson.

Graces To Sing

Graces To Sing

Graces To Sing to Tunes You Know. Graces is filled with familiar tunes with new words to celebrate times with family and friends, good food and thanks.

Trilogy of Cancer

Trilogy of Cancer

Ann's story of her cancer journey...filled with stories, poems, songs. You will laugh, cry....

Shadorma’s

Shadorma’s

This is a book that puts each of the 150 psalms in the psalter into a shadorma poetry form. Some of the longer psalms have several shadormas.

Women Songs | Peace Songs

Women Songs | Peace Songs

Woman Songs|Peace Songs is a collection of inspirational and powerful music still speaking to our times. Originally recorded in 1980.

Wisdom of Children

Wisdom of Children

Wisdom of Children is a collection of stories of the Grandchildren in Ann's life, their wisdom and her reflections for God.

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