Ministry With the Poor

Today, Dr. Frederick Schmidt posted on his blog here about doing ministry with the poor, on of the four areas of focus of the United Methodist Church mandated by the 2008 General Conference (just a meandering thought:¬† will all those change with the 2012 General Conference–just when I’m starting to figure this out?). Anyway, I…

The OOOU Pastor and Hope for the Homeless

Homelessness is not pretty. ¬†People who live on the street or in temporary camps or jerry-rigged shelters have no access to normal hygiene facilities. Routine activities such as bathing become a giant challenge. Wearing freshly laundered clothes turns into an uncommon privilege rather than part of a weekly routine. How rarely we remind ourselves of…