Leading From the Heart

The Peacemaking Circle

Bishop Laurie Haller


The Peacemaking Circle Posted on October 9, 2017 by Laurie Haller Grandfather, look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation Only the human family Has strayed from the Sacred Way. We know that we are the ones who are divided And we are the ...

Our Hearts Were Full

Bishop Laurie Haller


I distinctly remember when Bishop Judy Craig was elected to the episcopacy in 1984 and was assigned to the Michigan Area. As a young pastor who did not grow up in a denomination that permitted women pastors, let alone bishops, I was fascinated by ...

Little Balls of Grace

Bishop Laurie Haller


Posted on September 18, 2017 by Laurie Haller “Here, take one of these milkweed balls. We’re going to throw them in the ditches along the road. Please help us save the monarchs!” We were a few days into RAGBRAI, the annual mega-group bike ride ...

The Silver Lining

Bishop Laurie Haller


He’s a black high school quarterback. 5 of his teammates were pictured in white hoods. It may get worse. (Headline from Des Moines Register, Saturday, September 9, 2017) Last Wednesday, a photo on social media went viral. The photo shows five people ...

We’re Ready to Make a Difference … and We Already Are!

Bishop Laurie Haller


People all over the world have been praying for those in Texas who are still in the midst of intense and even cataclysmic flooding. When Iowans were recovering from the great flood of 2008, United Methodist volunteers from Texas came to clean out and...