Today’s US News and World Report’s Health Buzz reports on an article in the journal Circulation reporting that reducing your intake of sugary drinks (especially canned soda) by just one 12-ounce serving a day (Americans average 28 daily ounces) can lower your blood pressure.
Have you ever wished you could get away from it all?
Perhaps it has been one of those noisy, difficult days when everything has consumed more energy than it ought, when people have been uncooperative and dilemmas resistant to resolution. Where would your getaway place be? Some would name the beach or the mountains, others an art gallery or quiet restaurant. Yours?
This post is one of two on itinerancy transitions - the other is from the pastor's point of view.
A shift in pastor can be a blessing or a source of consternation to both longtime Methodists and newcomers to Methodism. As someone who was raised as a Lutheran, it was disconcerting for me to come face-to-face with the United Methodist Church’s practice of itinerancy.
To me, at first hearing, the word “agency” has a connotation of freedom, of having multiple options. I suppose the sports fan in me goes to the phrase “free agency,” in which a pro athlete gets to sell his services to the team with the highest bid.
But in the Leading Causes of Life framework, agency means power as well as freedom. Agency is faith in action.
Dr. Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, the research director for the Clergy Health Initiative, recently shared some data from our 2008 survey of North Carolina United Methodist pastors on how clergy bolster their own spiritual lives. The survey question asked:
Is there anything else you do to support your spiritual life in addition to prayer and reading religious literature (apart from your pastoral duties)? This can be something that others would immediately recognize as spiritual, or something that only you know is spiritual for you.
Speaking to the Soul, the Episcopal Cafe blog, had a wonderful post yesterday by Maria Bolding, of the Order of St. Benedict. In it she recalls the wonderful experience of her childhood nightly bath, and the power of touch to remind us that God creates and re-creates us anew each day. When was the last time you slowed down and took delight in all the gifts of the daily bath or shower?
Faith & Leadership had an article last week by the Rev. Nelson Granade on the pastor as congregational concierge. It's a wonderful reflection, notable in its insight that it takes both the pastor and the congregation to create the sometimes unrealistic expectations of 24/7 availability that leave clergy stressed, exhausted, and resentful, and their congregants co-dependent.