Health isn’t something we can achieve solely on our own – it’s connected to the environment around us. Having access to fresh foods (and being able to afford them!), being able to walk or jog safely without the risk of being hit by a speeding car -- these things all play into our overall sense of well-being.
There are definitely things that congregations can do to improve the health environment in and around the church. And we want to hear about them!
Bethesda United Methodist Church in Welcome, N.C., offers exercise classes twice a week to serve church members and others in the Welcome community. Bethesda is in the Lexington District of the Western North Carolina Conference, and Dennis Marshall is in his second year as pastor there.
Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is almost upon us. Let me call readers’ attention to Seasoning Lent -- an eight-week Lenten devotional that features daily healthy recipes.
Seasoning Lent invites us to contemplate cooking simple, healthy meals as a spiritual practice. Take a look.
John James, M.A.
Research Analyst, Clergy Health Initiative