I have never taken to foreign languages. Over the years I have attempted Spanish, French, German and Greek, and have sadly watched as each new language remained out of reach. I study for hours upon hours. I ask my professors for help. Yet I still can't seem to know enough to succeed.
As my family and I were heading to Annual Conference this summer, our van broke down in Hickory, N.C. Fortunately, we were able to make it to the nearest dealership to have the needed work completed. As I was waiting to have my car examined by the mechanic, an older man named John came up to me and commented on my van. When I asked about his vehicle he quickly responded that he did not have a vehicle and that he was here with his family. Come to find out, not only did John not have a vehicle, he was not able to drive.
I woke last Monday morning with an empty stomach. Because of a busy Sunday the day before, I had eaten a small supper and gone to bed exhausted. So, as I prepared for my day, one thing filled my thoughts with glee and my mouth with saliva: the barbeque sandwich I was going to eat for lunch.
For this month’s Rural Ministry Colloquium, Thriving Rural Communities will join the Divinity Women’s Center for its panel discussion on “Faith and Bodies,” with author Margot Starbuck and professors Amy Laura Hall, Chuck Campbell, Ellen Davis, Mary McClintock Fulkerson, and Sujin Pak. Topics will include men and women’s bodies in media, the church, the pulpit, the bible, and daily lives. Pizza and drinks will be provided.