Hey all, looking for some advice about being present for those with substance abuse and recovery. I had a call today to help and felt under prepared. I want to be clear the person is safe and will remain so, but as an additional resource on their journey, I want to be as helpful as I can. Thanks

body shame 

@TeaCancio Start with gratitude. There is so much that a body does to perceive and interact with the world around and within you. Be thankful, grateful and celebrate your body as it is. It might be odd at first, but out loud tell your body thank you, and if necessary be as detailed as possible.

For those still hurting over today's UMC decision. I want to share with you a song by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan called Faithfully Angry, based on Psalm 58. His work has helped me in the past and I hope it can help you.

youtube.com/watch?v=KMT6CnfPB8

As a UCC'er at a historically UCC seminary, there were more UMC than any other denomination. Even still many former UMC attended my seminary because they were LGBTQIA. I have had professors risk their ordination by performing same sex weddings, I have had classmates risk their ordination by coming out. Today my heart breaks. But as a Christ follower, I know death precedes Resurrection.

I was born, baptized, confirmed, and ordained in the Untied Church of Christ. Steeped in the tradition of a German immigrant congregation as a fifth generation member in the heart of Columbus Ohio, I am thankful that my community encouraged me to think critically, love openly, and to pay attention to the world around us. After College and Seminary, and a short stint as a chaplain in a retirement home, I made my way to Montana where I currently serve a church as their pastor.

I am really excited for this platform. As someone who never left the church, but finds the conversations around those who have meaningful, I look forward to the ways in which this community might imagine, well, community.

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