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by Tom Locke, TMF President
When uncertain times come, I’ll often catch myself remembering the wisdom of the ancients. Wisdom that comes from experience, from taking a long perspective view. Wisdom born from all the experiences of life – joy and suffering, relationship and isolation.
Rev. Amy Wilson Feltz, Senior Pastor, St. Paul’s UMC, El Paso
Staring at an empty sanctuary, having just made the decision to suspend Sunday morning worship services in that space, I suddenly felt overwhelmed by the challenge of staying connected with the congregation.
Young adults, particularly single ones, rarely find their way to the pew and when they do, often the church is not quite sure what to do with them. It is a conundrum that weighs heavily on the minds of religious researchers and church leaders alike. How do we make space for young adults to feel welcomed and valued? How do we provide discipleship and leadership opportunities for millennials or the rising gen Z, not to mention offer space for community?
Our New Year Spotlight shines on San Antonio Region Justice For Our Neighbors (SARJFON), which provides quality, affordable legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, and its 2019 collaboration with Texas Impact, which advocates for freedom, justice, and economic opportunity for all people, consistent with the values of mainstream faith communities.
Shannon Hopkins, Matryoshka Haus Creative Director
As we begin 2020, TMF shines a light on a story of faith and innovative ministry, Matryoshka Haus. In 2019, TMF Grants provided a grant to this UK-based ministry that is expanding its mission in the United States and working with UMC conferences and congregations.
by Tom Locke, TMF President
The anniversary of the death of John Lennon just passed. As you recall, Lennon was killed by a deeply troubled young man with a gun on the streets of New York, December 8, 1980 (nearly 40 years ago . . . hard to believe).
Matt Russell, Executive Director, Iconoclast Artists
We’re turning our Christmas Season Spotlight on Houston to highlight Iconoclast Artists, a free arts program in Houston and Galveston, Texas, that gives young creative minds from disadvantaged situations a chance to speak out through written, visual and performance art.
Corazon Ministries Board President Kristen Salazar
Our Christmas Season Spotlight is shining a light on the life-changing work of faith-based organizations in Texas, New Mexico and beyond. Our TMF Grants Ministries team led by Jacki Lammert is proud to have had opportunities to support the work of these ministries in 2019. These leaders and organizations are meeting needs of all sizes in their communities.