Thursday, May 1, 2008

mixed emotions

Hi, it's Sarah.

Although many people (including myself) are continuing today with heavier hearts and slower steps than we had yesterday morning, I wanted to let you know that there are some pieces of good news coming from this General Conference.
  • The GC voted to allocate funds for a research and learning center to express regret for the lives that were lost by an 1864 massacre of Native Americans led by a Methodist lay preacher. (article here)
  • Young people are having many active leadership roles in this GC. (article here)
  • The first female African president spoke to the GC--and she's an alumna of a United Methodist school in Liberia! (article here)
  • Africa University continues to operate normally, even though the inflation rate of Zimbabwe is at 200,000%. Graduates of this university are providing leadership in their home countries in Africa and also in their churches. (article here)
  • The UMC and the Lutheran church agreed to be in full communion with one another, recognizing each other's baptisms, eucharist, and full interchangeability of ordained pastors. (article here)


Anonymous said...

I am once again trying to leave a comment and hope that it works this time. I am glad to know that you are continuing today even if your footsteps are slower. Please do not give up on us or the faith. We need you both. As was stated before, God is still in control and may he have mercy on all of us - we are ALL, and I do mean ALL of us - within and with out the confines of the organized church - need it. Love you lots, mom r

Anonymous said...

We are praying for you Sarah and Eric. May God help us all. May God forgive us all for our sins. May God continue to work at slowly bringing his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. It's been a very hard work for Lori as well. Look forward to talking with you next week. Mike Tupper

Tara said...

Thanks for sharing the good news. It's too bad as humans we need at least five good things to help us feel better about one bad thing, but we do, so thanks.