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Vano Kiboko says ‘Je vais bien,’ I am good

Vano Kiboko says ‘Je vais bien,’ I am good

6/26/2016

by Arthur McClanahan and Brooke Pierce* “I am doing very well for now. It’s sure that I am free. I am free from the prison,” states Vano Kiboko in his native French, as his brother Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko, Superintendent of the East Central District, translates to English. “I want to thank God and thank all the churches in the USA and all the annual...


‘The Spirit is calling, moving, inviting'

‘The Spirit is calling, moving, inviting'

6/22/2016

by Arthur McClanahan*   “The Spirit is calling, moving, inviting,” said Rev. Anna Blaedel during the 2016 session of the Iowa Annual Conference.  “Be the church.  Now.  Be the body of Christ,” she added.   Rising to a moment of personal privilege, surrounded by colleagues and friends offered a glimpse into her life story and journey of faith.  “I ...


The Church at It’s Best

The Church at It’s Best

6/21/2016

The Church at It’s Best—Reaching Out in Mission Supported by Church and Community Workers For seventeen years the Iowa Annual Conference has supported a Church and Community Worker assigned to Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors. The first person was Judy Kading, then came Allison Brown, followed by Trina Scott Zuor and now Brynne Howard. The ...


Meet Patty Link

Meet Patty Link

6/20/2016

“What I’m trying to do is work with the task force that has been assembled for well over a year. I am helping guide them along the way so that together we can reach a goal of United Methodists in the state of Iowa reading a million hours and also donating a million books to kids in poverty,” says Patty Link about her new role as an advocate for the...


Reflections on being a Superintendent

Reflections on being a Superintendent

6/20/2016

Rev. David Weesner, the outgoing Conference Superintendent for the Central District and Dean of the Bishop’s Appointive Cabinet, will be concluding his six-year term in the cabinet in just a few weeks. As he looks ahead towards returning to the local church, the reverend reflects back on what it was like when he first made the transition from the ...


Walnut Hills Allotment Garden is Spiritually Nourished Soil

Walnut Hills Allotment Garden is Spiritually Nourished Soil

6/16/2016

Walnut Hills United Methodist Church, located in the western suburbs of Des Moines, sits on top of a tree covered hill on fertile Iowa soil. In the winter of 2015, Clive Community Services approached Walnut Hills looking for land to create an allotment garden for the growing Burmese population in the area. Clive Community Services supports the ...


Bishop's Statement on Orlando Mass Shooting

Bishop's Statement on Orlando Mass Shooting

6/13/2016

As all of you, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the mass shooting at an Orlando nightspot in the early hours of Sunday morning.  As President Barack Obama said, “We grieve the brutal murder – horrific massacre – of dozens of innocent people.”   The attack at the Pulse Nightclub targeted members of the LGBTQI community, which heightens the ...


AC2016 Lay Leaders Address

AC2016 Lay Leaders Address

6/8/2016

A generous spirit is necessary for the church to do its work. This was the message of the Laity Address given at the 2016 Annual Conference Session. Lay Leader Margaret Borgen addressed Sunday’s Conference Session, telling the assembly that giving to the church is an elephant in the room members find it hard to talk about, but that it is basic to ...


AC2016 Change a Child’s Story Update

AC2016 Change a Child’s Story Update

6/6/2016

Clint Twedt-Ball, team member of the Change a Child’s Story team asked Bishop Trimble during 2016 Iowa Annual Conference, “A year ago when we talked, you said that our goal should be to get 100% of the churches on board with Change a Child’s Story. Do you still believe that we can reach that audacious goal of 100% participation?” “Yes!” Bishop ...


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