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Canoeing the Mountains: Facing Mortality

by Kim Johnson

By September 1, I will have made 30 visits to the doctor’s office or the hospital in 2017.  It’s not that I am particularly sick—and no, I do not have some kind of fatal disease.  It is just…I am 67 years old; and I am mortal.  Having been remarkably healthy my whole life, all of […]

Two Books Worth Recommending

by Kim Johnson

As we continue to navigate the waters of accelerating change in our mission fields and in our churches, I have a couple of helpful books to recommend this month. One is more focused on some specific ways for bringing revitalization in the context of our existing congregations. The other is more focused on finding innovative […]

“Are You a Lifelong Learner and Influencer?”

by Kim Johnson

Last month I shared some of my reflections on Annual Conference and all the fuss centered on “this new thing.” I pointed out that we have a great start in the Alexandria District when it comes to doing “A New Thing.” I also focused on Bishop Lewis’ Episcopal Address and her run-up to unveiling our […]

Charlottesville and the Church’s Mission

by Kim Johnson

As I reflect on the terrible events that happened in Charlottesville this past weekend, it has led me to consider how those events impact the Church’s mission, particularly as we consider our place as a neighboring community to Charlottesville and our witness as United Methodists in the Alexandria District. First, it is good to have […]

Celebrate the Stories

by Kim Johnson

I have been visiting one-on-one with most of the clergy in our district this summer and hearing some wonderful, amazing stories. They are stories of lives being healed, transformed, converted, saved. I have also been reading a book called A New Day in the City (Abingdon, 2017, pp. 58-59), where I came across the following […]

Welcome New Clergy

by Kim Johnson

Please help us welcome new clergy to the Alexandria and Arlington Districts. As of July 24 churches received new pastors or associates. Some are homegrown, some have come from other states, and several are starting their very first appointments. Learn more about them below. New Alexandria District Clergy New Alexandria Clergy Benson McGlone, Gainesville UMC – […]

Day to Serve 2017

by Kim Johnson

Day to Serve 2017 Clergy and Leadership Council Partnership in Fairfax County Thanks to the partnership between the Fairfax County Clergy and Leadership Council and Day to Serve, houses of worship are joining together in unified service. This year, you’re invited to join neighborhood churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, and other religious institutions to serve those […]

Third Thursdays

by Kim Johnson

Ever feel like people aren’t getting your message? Despite your best efforts, does someone still say, “I never heard about that”? Well, we have some ideas that just might help get your message heard. Join us in the District Training Room (2nd floor, 3600 Chain Bridge Road) each third Thursday from 1:00-2:30 p.m. for communications […]

Status Quo vs Vision to Grow

by Cynthia Lopynski

“See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”  (Isaiah 43:19).  This scripture announced the theme and set the tone for the 2017 annual conference.  Throughout the three days, Bishop Lewis occasionally punctuated and highlighted reports with the question “isn’t this a new thing?”  She told us laity, […]

What’s All This Fuss About “A New Thing”?

by Cynthia Lopynski

As we heard during our recent Annual Conference; and as we begin to prepare for our upcoming District Conference in late September and all of our local Charge Conferences this fall – all centered on the theme, ‘A New Thing’ – I have to ask, “What’s all this fuss about?”  Haven’t we been doing this […]