January 2011

The health benefits of shivering?

The New York Times reports that central heating may be making us fatter.

The New York Times reports that central heating may be making us fatter.

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Leverage Points: The SPRC / PPRC

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is a pivotal thing in the life of a United Methodist pastor. The committee can be a stress reliever or a stress producer.

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is a pivotal thing in the life of a United Methodist pastor.  PPRCs / SPRCs can be a source of real support to a pastor.  Or things can go off the rails at that point.  The committee can be a stress reliever or a stress producer.

Postcard from Kanuga: or, X-Treme Road Warriors for Clergy Health

The snow was "lovely, dark and deep."


The inaugural Spirited Life retreat was held last week at Kanuga Conference Center near Hendersonville. Not everything went smoothly or according to plan. But in the end we felt it was a success, an enriching experience for all concerned. Surely the Holy Spirit was present!

Movers and shakers

Churches aiding Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity; an interview with Dr. Scott Morris.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama is leading "Let's Move," a national effort to combat childhood obesity.  The United Methodist Reporter tells how churches are aiding the cause. 

Among other faith-based efforts, the Amazing Pace program in the Mississippi Conference is making an impact. 

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Shaping the Health of the Community

"There's no other organization in all of the United States that could facilitate weight loss and exercise programs better than local church congregations..."

Pastor, what does your congregation do to demonstrate care for the physical health of your members?  Are your church buildings designated tobacco-free?  Are low-fat foods or unsweetened beverages even an option at church fellowship events?  Have you ever preached or taught on The Body as a Temple?   

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The Resolutionary Wars

In the New Year's spirit, here are some items from around the Web that may enlighten or inspire us.

Happy New Year, everyone!

I came across an amusing story over the weekend: about health-club employees preparing for an onslaught of new members. Gyms experience this spike in business every January 1, as sure as the ball dropping in Times Square.

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