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Annual Conference Concludes with Service for the Ordering of Ministry

6/13/2012

By Chris Blount Chair of the Communications Commission And how can men preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news." -- Romans 10:15 RSV The Service for the Ordering of Ministry officially closed and 'sent forth' the members of the 2012 Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. At...


Methodist Healthcare - Employee Assistance Program

6/13/2012

The Pursuit of Work-Life Balance   What comes to mind when you hear the term “work-life balance?” Does it mean scheduling an equal amount of time for work and personal activities?  We know that’s unrealistic and unrewarding. Work-life balance is different for each of us because we have different lives.  There is no ...


Methodist Healthcare - Employee Assistance Program

5/10/2012

How's My Credibility Looking? The month of May is seen as a period of growth in nature. Following April showers, our Star Gazers and Irises are bursting open with blooming beauty. Let's use the example that Mother Nature gives us and take this time as a period of reflection about our own growth and maturity. I often encourage my clients to...


PHN Newsletter, April 2012

5/9/2012

April 2012                                        Professionals Health Network News  In This Issue Spring is Springing... More Serenity Prayers Feedback 101 Fishing in Serenity Pond? Quick Quotes & Editor's Notes...   "Walk, water and weed." --DrDeb   As Spring returns to the Earth, ...


For the Good of All

5/4/2012

...whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. — Galatians 6:10 Verses from Galatians helped me as I sought to center our spirits in the morning plenary at General Conference. The task of the presiding officer is "an opportunity" — to guide the group in conversing together ...


Report on Adopted Pension Plan, by David Stotts, 5/4/2012

5/4/2012

Lay delegate to GC David Stotts, Treasurer/Director of Finance and Administration & Conference Benefits Officer, Mississippi Conference Now that all of the motions and amendments have been accepted and rejected, I would like to give you a brief description of the Pension Plan that was adopted. The goal was to achieve an affordable and ...


Pan-Wesleyan, All Methodist

5/3/2012

 "When I am lifted up, I will draw all to myself." — John 12:32 The word "pan," derived from the Greek, means "all." "All" has been called the favorite word of Charles Wesley, our hymn-writing forebear! Pan-Wesleyan is a term that embraces the unity of denominations of Methodists in the United States who have experienced a tragic history of racist...


Report by Rev. Stephen Sparks, 5/3/2012

5/3/2012

Rev. Stephen Sparks, pastor, Indianola First UMC and reserve delegate 5/4/2012 Editor's note: The "PlanUMC" was deemed unconstitutional by the Judicial Council. Read more>> General Conference Report: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 General Conference was dominated today by two words: reorganization and divestment. This morning the body took up as a ...


Report by Rev. Steve Casteel, 5/3/2012

5/3/2012

Rev. Steve Casteel, director, Mississippi Conference Communications and Connection Today's sessions included several controversial and complicated issues centering around human sexuality and pensions. The morning session focused on proposed language changes around The United Methodist Church's position on homosexuality from a group led by Rev. Adam...


Pulling the Thread...

5/2/2012

Delegates and advocates and plenaries and committees and sidebar dialogues interweave in the tapestry that is General Conference. It is instructive to pause after decisions and to pull the thread in the tapestry — to learn from the sense of the meeting and to discover what is present in our midst. The movement to missional appointment-making — ...


Young Voices from GC #1: Rev. Lisa Garvin, MS Delegate

5/2/2012

I’m not sure that General Conference qualifies as a democracy or that we even claim to be democratic. We organize ourselves and then we live into the rules and order we create. Throughout our time in Tampa, I’ve had an ongoing conversation with a friend here about democracy — the value of freely working together to govern ourselves and whether we ...


Young Voices from GC #2: Rev. Justin White

5/2/2012

Coming to General Conference has been an eye-opening experience for me. I am a lifelong United Methodist who was raised in a great church, Shiloh United Methodist Church outside of Pelahatchie, Mississippi. For as long as I remember, United Methodism has been an integral part of my life. To me, United Methodism shows the breadth and scope of where ...


Young Voices from GC #3: Ms. Elizabeth Cumbest, MS Delegate

5/2/2012

As I boarded the plane on my way to General Conference 2012, I had no idea what this experience would be like. I was overwhelmed by all of the acronyms, DCA’s, ADCA’s, legislative committees, petitions, Robert’s Rules, the Discipline, not to mention the emails and mail.  Being a college student at the University of South Alabama (with finals & ...


Local Church News: Greenwood District

5/1/2012

Greenwood District Establishes New Adventure in Ministry Excitement filled the air on Thursday, April 19, 2012 as potential members of a new venture gathered at First United Methodist Church in Indianola, MS. The new Greenwood District Leadership Committee came together for a "team-building" session. Rusty Keen, convener of the organizational ...


Local Church News: Senatobia District

5/1/2012

Teaching Others to Share Their Faith: A Multi-cultural and Multi-generational Gathering Seeks to Become Fishers of Men By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communicator On Saturday, April 21, 2012, Hernando UMC hosted the Senatobia 5-1-12Senatobia District Lay Speaker Training Event, which was attended by church members from not only the home ...


News from Stop Hunger Now

5/1/2012

Dear Friend of Stop Hunger Now, Last month several Stop Hunger Now staff and volunteers returned from a trip to visit our partners in Nicaragua and while talking to the mothers at the local school in Jinotepe, they discovered that many mothers bring their pre-school aged children from miles around -- no matter the weather -- to ensure that their ...


Our Decisions

5/1/2012

"Our Father, in heaven, hallowed by your name..." —  Matthew 6:9 There is no "my" in the Jesus Prayer. Rather, the possessive pronouns are the plural "our." John Wesley was right: there is no solitary Christian. We are bound in community. General Conference is a marathon of gatherings — reunions and subcommittees and committees and plenaries. In ...


Report by Rev. Stephen Sparks, 5/1/2012, #1

5/1/2012

Rev. Stephen Sparks, pastor, Indianola First UMC and reserve delegate Did you know? Because of United Methodist efforts in Imagine No Malaria and Nothing but Nets, malaria rates in sub-Saharan Africa have been cut 50%-60%. There are 200,000 people alive today because of these efforts. There are 15 villiages in Sierra Leone that have requested a UM...


Report by Rev. Stephen Sparks, 5/1/2012, #2

5/1/2012

Rev. Stephen Sparks, pastor, Indianola First UMC and reserve delegate This morning the delegates to General Conference 2012 voted to substantially alter the relationship and the social contract of elders in full connection with their local annual conference. The right to a guaranteed appointment absent chargeable offenses was ended, without ...


A Visit with Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, 4/30/2012

4/30/2012

Update by Stephanie Foretich, communications team member, MDiv student, Candler School of Theology. Rev. Dr. Susan T. Henry-Crowe, dean of the Chapel and Religious Life, Emory University, Religious Life Office I have had the pleasure of working with Susan Henry-Crowe for the past two years in Emory's Office of Religious Life. As her intern, I have...


Stones Crying Out

4/30/2012

"the very stones will cry out" — Luke 19:40 River rocks are a powerful symbol, used in "The Act of Repentance Toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous Peoples" Friday evening, April 27. Rocks are some of earth's oldest material. Jesus himself referred to the ability for even the stones "to cry out" if injustice is hushed up. Stones once used to...


Highlight on Choctaw Mission and the Brookhaven District at General Conference!

4/29/2012

On Sunday evening, April 29, the children of Choctaw Mission and the mission giving of the Brookhaven District will be highlighted in the Celebration of Mission and Ministry at General Conference. Photographs of children of Choctaw on the Sunday of their baptism will be shown as a radiant example of our mission impact in evangelism and nurture. ...


Video Report by Rev. Bill McAlilly, 4/29/2012

4/29/2012

Click the "play" button below to view a video update from Rev. Bill McAlilly, our delegation leader. Bill speaks frankly and fills us in on what has happened thus far and what is ahead. He speaks to specific legislation and calls for continued prayer. Be sure to catch up on the news with this candid update. Sorry!! Your browser does not support ...


Inspired

4/28/2012

"the young shall have visions..." — Acts 2:17 I found myself on the elevator with 10 students from Shenandoah University in Virginia. We had a delightful "elevator" conversation about their observations and reflections upon the General Conference as a part of their class work. I shared breakfast with seminarians and was inspired as I listened to ...


Report by Stephanie Foretich, 4/28/2012

4/28/2012

The following is a blog entry by communications team member Stephanie Foretich, MDiv student, Candler School of Theology. This morning, the current president as well as the future president of the Council of Bishops spoke to the seminarians. The current, Larry Goodpaster, spoke about how it can be challenging to think of the world-wide Church if ...


Eric & Lisa Pridmore Have a Clear Vision in Tampa, April 27, 2012

4/27/2012

Eric & Lisa Pridmore Eric Pridmore sees things in a different way than most of us. You see, Eric is blind. Traveling with his wife (Lisa) and his guide dog (Atlas), Eric is here in Tampa representing the United Methodist Task Force on Disability Ministries. He might not have sight, but Eric sees a lot. "It's overwhelming," he said. "There's a lot ...


New Directions for The Council of Bishops

4/27/2012

The Council of Bishops, meeting April 18-20 in Tampa, moved in a new direction, embodying the direction of The Call to Action in re-forming and re-focusing our work. It is our hope to be more nimble and more visibly and creatively engaged in increasing the number of vital congregations across the connection of United Methodist people. The Council ...


A Time of Refreshing

4/26/2012

"This is the message we have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another." — I John 3:11 I give thanks for a time of refreshing prior to the meetings of The Council of Bishops and The General Conference. It is the practice of those of us who are women bishops — retired and active — to gather for a retreat prior to General Conference. ...


Report by Rev. Bill McAlilly, 4/26/2012

4/26/2012

Bill McAlilly is our Episcopal Nominee from the Mississippi Conference. We caught up with Bill and asked his thoughts on the Tampa Conference thus far. "We've had some fabulous worship. Bishop Larry Goodpaster, one of our own, gave a dynamic message. We were so thrilled to see him and receive his good word. We've been challenged to be about ...


Beach People

4/25/2012

"Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee..." — Mark 1:16 The scripture for the first day of General Conference was Mark 1:14-20. Jesus passes along the Sea of Galilee and calls fishers to leave their nets and follow him, to fish now for people. I have long described myself as a "beach person," loving the edge of any body of water — river, lake, ...


Report by Rev. Stephen Sparks, 4/25/2012

4/25/2012

Tuesday night, April 24th, the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church convened the first plenary session of its once-every-four-year gathering, held this year in Tampa, Florida. The delegates heard a greeting by Jim Harnish, the chairman of the Host Committee for the Florida Annual Conference, pastor of Hyde Park UMC, and the mayor ...


2012 Annual Conference VOL NTEERS: All That's Missing is U!

4/17/2012

The Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church is looking for 150 volunteers for the 2012 Annual Conference being held June 8th through June 10th at the Jackson Convention Complex. There are many opportunities for you to serve. Please consider being a part of the 2012 Annual Conference. With over 1,000 churches represented, it is a great...


General Conference Spotlight

4/17/2012

Every four years our United Methodist ChuSpotlightrch sends leaders from all over the world to have Holy Conversations about the life of our church. Our General Conference Delegation leaves this weekend for over two weeks of hard work and decision making. Many of you have been in prayer for this important gathering and we hope you will continue to ...


Transition: A Time of Great Opportunity

4/17/2012

A Task Force of the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Cabinet have been working all year to create a helpful opportunity for all clergy preparing to transition to a new appointment in June, 2012. This day will help prepare moving clergy for future ministry using the Lewis Center material called, "The Right Start." Short video presentations led by ...


2012 Annual Conference: Award Deadlines Approaching

4/10/2012

The Harry Denman Evangelism Award The MS Annual Conference is now accepting nominations for The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay, and Youth. The Harry Denman Evangelism Award recognizes a person whose life and ministry exemplifies the teaching of Christ and the Great Commission. Recipients of these awards, nominated by individuals, ...


Ending Well, Starting Strong: A Day Apart for Pastors

4/10/2012

I will celebrate my 49th anniversary as a Methodist pastor at this year's Annual Conference. Within this nearly half a century, much has changed. When I was first appointed, pastors from each district met in a room at conference and the District Superintendent informed us, usually for the first time, where we were to lead as pastor during the next ...


Season of Conferencing

4/10/2012

Our prayer is that your congregations had an incredible Easter. We serve a "Risen Savior that is in this world today"... that is life changing news! Now we enter a new season. It is the season of Conferencing. No that's not a new liturgical season... but a practical one. John Wesley taught us that conferencing is a "means of grace". Our life ...


Lenten Devotional, 4/8/2012

4/8/2012

Sunday, April 8 (Easter Sunday)   Easter Joy He is not here! He has risen!   -- Matthew 28:6      The date for Easter is set by the moon and the movement of the natural world.  The symbols are lovely -- blooming flowers, painted eggs -- but natural things can only point toward the miracle.   Easter is pure miracle:  today what we prayed for since...


Lenten Devotional, 4/7/2012

4/7/2012

Saturday, April 7 Ashamed! But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. -- Isaiah 53:5 It was eight o'clock in the morning, and I had already been called back to the doctor's office. I didn't bother to take my seat. I was thinking to ...


Lenten Devotional, 4/6/2012

4/6/2012

Friday, April 6 Forgiveness is Liberating Read Luke 7:41-43   Then Peter came and said to him, 'Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. -- Matthew 18:21-22 (NRSV)   Forgiveness is a way of life for the ...


Lenten Devotional, 4/5/2012

4/5/2012

Thursday, April 5 (Maundy Thursday) Three Crosses   Today you will be with me in Paradise.  -- Luke 23:43 Jesus did not die alone. There is one cross on most United Methodist altars. But as we drive along the road, we see every now and then three crosses together, usually simply made of weathered wood. Jesus died between two criminals, and ...


Lenten Devotional, 4/4/2012

4/4/2012

Wednesday, April 4 Then all the disciples left him and fled. -- Matthew 26:56 Andrew: Having Run Away from Jesus in the Garden Who is this stranger whom I hardly know, (despite his presence within me) who cannot be kept decently silent and unseen (Lord, I still feel my muscles, tight from running), with whom I must be reconciled before I sleep?...


Methodist Healthcare - Employee Assistance Program

4/4/2012

Spring Cleaning "My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance." - Erma Bombeck As a child, I remember hearing the adults in my life talk about Spring cleaning as a necessary rite of the season. It apparently involved polishing, cleaning and dusting everything from the floors to the ceilings! It made me tired just to hear them talk ...


Full-time Position Available: Conference Communications Specialist

4/3/2012

The Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church seeks to fill this full-time staff position with an experienced lay or clergy person. The Communication Specialist is responsible for developing, coordinating, directing and administering policies related to all phases of communication. This includes internal and external communication. ...


Lenten Devotional, 4/3/2012

4/3/2012

Tuesday, April 3 Mercy & Grace And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.  -- John 1:1-14 When I was a child my Mom warned me not to go across the street and get in the "dirt clog" battle that was going on with several of the neighborhood ...


Lenten Devotional, 4/2/2012

4/2/2012

Monday, April 2 Neither Do I Condemn You    Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.   -- John 8:11     In his book Things I Wish Jesus Hadn't Said, Joe Edd Morris reflects upon the story of the woman caught in adultery, among other stories that challenge us greatly.  He calls this section of his book, simply and profoundly, "neither do I ...


Lenten Devotional, 4/1/2012

4/1/2012

Sunday, April 1 (Palm Sunday) Jesus Never Said Everyone Was Lovable! Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out, two by two...  -- Mark 6:7 Bishop Clay Lee published a book of sermons preached at Galloway United Methodist Church. The title of the book is Jesus Never Said Everyone Was Lovable! In the first sermon on the scope of ...


Lenten Devotional, 3/30/2012

3/30/2012

Friday, March 30 Grace: The Heart of the Wesleyan Way   By "the grace of God" is sometimes to be understood that free love, that unmerited mercy, by which I, a sinner, through the merits of Christ am now reconciled to God. But in this place it rather means that power of God the Holy Ghost which "worketh in us both to will and to do of his good ...


Lenten Devotional, 3/28/2012

3/28/2012

Wednesday, March 28 Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on the earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread... -- Matthew 6: 9-11 (Amplified Bible) During the early winter of this past year, a married couple in one of the congregations in our charge approached me and...


Summer Camp 2012 Early Bird Registration Deadline is this Friday

3/28/2012

Summer Camp 2012 at Camp Lake Stephens is just around the corner! We have camps for children and youth of all ages. A few of our hi-lights for the summer are: Back in its second summer is Day Camp for those children who have finished K - 4 grade. For those who have completed 9th or 10th grade, we are offering an exciting new 3-week Leadership in ...


Gleanings: Healthy Congregations

3/27/2012

"...unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." -- John 12:24 At the 2012 Annual Conference, we will recognize "Healthy Congregations": congregations who give themselves in service to others, promoting abundant life and wellness for all. How has your church been a ...


Prescribe Yourself to Health with the Help of Preventative Medicine

3/27/2012

Over the last 30 years I have had the honor to work with many of the best healthcare groups and professionals throughout our country. Preventive medicine has progressed to a point where it has become an important component in most health benefit plans and to our own individual lives. My work in the early days of public health education in, a fairly...


Lenten Devotional, 3/23/2012

3/23/2012

Friday, March 23 Feel the Breeze Read Matthew 18:21-35 Then Peter came and said to him, 'Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.  -- Matthew 18:21-22 (NRSV) Jesus said, "I do not say to you, up to seven...


Lenten Devotional, 3/21/2012

3/21/2012

Wednesday, March 21 For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you are saved  (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God. -- Ephesians 2:8 Amplified Bible (AMP) I ...


2012 Annual Conference Offering

3/20/2012

Dear friends in Christ in the Mississippi Conference, Grace and peace to each of you in the name of Jesus Christ. This year, our eighth here with you here in Mississippi, Mike and I give thanks for our life together with you in the ministry of The United Methodist Church. In honor and in memory of clergy who have blessed our journey, we will make a...


Are You Moving?

3/20/2012

It is that time of year once again when we hear, “Are you moving?” Yes, there will be clergy moving this year. There will also be many clergy staying in their present appointments this year. People will begin to speculate about who is moving, where they are moving, and why they are moving. Folks, it is really not helpful to speculate on the why of ...


Funding Fairly, Competitively, But Not Creating Burdens

3/20/2012

The 2012 Mississippi Annual Conference in June will face hard business decisions on two major subjects, both of which relate to caring for those who have ministered to us, and who continue to serve us so well. First, there will be a decision on how we keep promises made to those who have served us in the past and for their surviving spouses. Each ...


Lenten Devotional, 3/16/2012

3/16/2012

Friday, March 16 God's Cornfield Read Luke 15:4-7 Be still, and know that I am God... -- Psalm 46:10a Years ago, my cousin Joann and her husband Harold had a dairy farm in Olive Branch and raised field corn to feed the cows. One hot summer day, when the corn was at its succulent best, Joann took her four-year-old son, George with her to the ...


Lenten Devotional, 3/14/2012

3/14/2012

Wednesday, March 14 And He said to them, "When you pray, say: 'Father, hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.'  And lead us not into temptation. -- Luke 11: 2-4 (NASB)  We all long for a purpose that makes us feel alive. It ...


Lenten Devotional, 3/9/2012

3/9/2012

Friday, March 9 Try Giving Grace  John Perkins was interviewed for an article in Sojourners magazine by a young man concerned about his grandmother's racism "How might she be helped to change her ways?" he asked. John Perkins simply answered, "Does your grandmother like blueberries?" The young man answered, "She loves them." John Perkins ...


Lenten Devotional, 3/7/2012

3/7/2012

Wednesday, March 7 Forgive My Heart  You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.-- Acts 8: 21-23 (NIV) Then Peter came ...


Methodist Healthcare - Employee Assistance Program

3/5/2012

Welcome to the Front Porch Imagine sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch of a friend's house on a warm afternoon. The porch provides shade from the sun, and a cool breeze moves gently across your face. Your friend invites you to talk about whatever is on your mind. While you are talking, other activities go on briskly in the ...


Lenten Devotional, 3/2/2012

3/2/2012

Friday, March 2 World Day of Prayer Lord, Have Mercy  Read Luke 18:9-14  Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. -- Matthew 5:7 In one of the many church classes and seminars I've attended over the years our District staff person, Cheryl Denley, talked about a breath prayer. It is a short phrase that is repeated often during the day ...


Lenten Devotional, 2/29/2012

2/29/2012

Wednesday, February 29 A Love That Never Ends For I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God's love in  Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created. -- Romans 8: 38-39 All the persons of faith I know are sinners, ...


Lenten Devotional, 2/24/2012

2/24/2012

 Friday, February 24 "The Faith of a Child" Read Mark 10:13-16 'Do you hear what these children are saying?' they asked him. 'Yes,' replied Jesus, 'have you never read, From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise?' -- Matthew 21:16 When my grandson Brandon was about five-years-old he came with me to church to take care of ...


Lenten Devotional, 2/22/2012

2/22/2012

Wednesday, February 22  Ash Wednesday   Return to the Lord your God, for God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love...    -- Joel 2:12      During Lent, we can help one another return to God.     Friendship in Christ is a gift of grace, as was the book of poems by Madeleine L'Engle, The Ordering of Love, a gift ...


Methodist Healthcare - Employee Assistance Program

2/2/2012

Treasuring Your Life Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver If your home were on fire, what would you try to save? What was your answer? After people and pets many people say they would try to save their family photos. Why do many of us treasure our family photos so much? Because we cherish the ...


PHN Newsletter, January 2012

1/28/2012

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Statement on Immigration to Governor Bryant and the Mississippi Legislature from Religious Leaders in Mississippi

1/21/2012

United Methodist people are called to personal and social holiness.  We anticipate not only a "new heaven" but also a "new earth." In this spirit of this call toward a gentle and just world, this statement has been drafted and signed.  It may be useful to you as you engage the issue of immigration in your church and community.   Click here to read ...


Methodist Healthcare - Employee Assistance Program

1/4/2012

My Healthy Living...Beyond Lab Results I recently completed my annual physical and received my lab results. It reminded me of report card day as I anxiously scanned the numbers and I'm glad to say I "passed!" The typical lab report reflects key indicators: cholesterol, glucose, protein, white blood count, etc. with associated comparisons to ...


PHN Newsletter, December 2011

12/23/2011

December 2011                                         Professionals Health Network News        td bgcolor="#ffffff" style="background: white; align: 'center'> <p class=MsoNormal><b><span style=">In This Issue   Holiday Stress 101... More Serenity Prayers "First you take a drink..." ...


Methodist Healthcare - Employee Assistance Program

12/6/2011

Can You Hear the Bell? December – I don't believe there is another month that conjures up so many wonderfully vivid, colorful dreams and expectations. Yet, we know that many people feel particularly stressed, depressed and lonely during the Holiday season. It's easy to imagine why some have a love/hate relationship with December. ...


Women to Women: A Pilgrimage for Understanding and Peace

12/5/2011

A Message from Bethlehem: Voices of Hope A Statement from an Ecumenical Delegation of Women Bishops “We came to the land of Jesus to stand in solidarity with women working for peace. We heard their voices, listened to their stories and came away disturbed yet hopeful,” said Bishop Deborah L. Kiesey, head of a delegation of 10 ecumenical women ...


Methodist Healthcare - Employee Assistance Program

11/2/2011

Gratitude is Good for You Thanksgiving is a time when many of us gather with family and friends to reflect and give thanks for our blessings. The simple act of gratitude doesn’t cost much but it has significant benefits. Research suggests that grateful people are more likely to have higher levels of happiness and lower levels of stress and ...


Bishop Ward Speaks about Initiative 26

10/29/2011

Statement from Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church in regard to Initiative 26. Robust conversations are taking place in many of our churches, well-led by our pastors and laity who seek to engage this issue with faithfulness and with wisdom. The United Methodist Church has long acknowledged that "the ...


Methodist Healthcare - Employee Assistance Program

10/3/2011

Over the years, I have developed a stockpile of interesting, thought provoking essays. Often I give them to clients who I believe will be impacted by the content and energized to make positive changes. Below is part of an essay which reminds us that a few adjustments to our thoughts and our behaviors can make all the difference. I dreamed I had...


PHN Newsletter, September 2011

9/30/2011

September  2011   Professionals Health Network News    Quick quotes & editor's notes...   Dear Dr. Gross,   I am new to recovery and I recently heard some people talking about the issue of anonymity. They said you can talk about being in recovery but never about AA. Is that right? I work ...


Methodist Healthcare - Employee Assistance Program

9/1/2011

  Blessings to You! As a native Memphian, one of my favorite things about being Southern is the frequency with which we offer blessings. For example, when someone sneezes, we are quick to offer a "bless you." And when we need a little support, we might hear the familiar words "bless your heart." Recently, when I told a friend that my ...


  Malaria--such an exotic sounding disease--a disease, that some are old enough to remember from past movies.  Exotic to most people because they do not know anyone with malaria. It was eradicated from the United States in the 1950s.  But, every two minutes, a child in Sub-Sahara Africa dies from this preventable, treatable disease.   In fact, ...


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