Alicia is the founding executive director of Chicago Run, an influential nonprofit in Chicago whose mission is to promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable running programs. Currently, Chicago Run is in 43 schools throughout the city and 17,500 students participate in the program. Alicia has won numerous awards for her work including the 2016 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition Community Leadership Award. In this podcast, Alicia shares some really interesting stories about what it takes to start a non-profit, what her response was when Chicago Public Schools closed several of the schools she worked with, and the connection between social justice and childhood obesity.
My guest in this podcast is one of the most notable leaders in The United Methodist Church. Adam Hamilton is the founder and senior pastor of The Church of the Resurrection located in the Kansas City area. COR is the largest UMC in the U.S. and Adam’s many books and his own leadership have had a profound impact on our denomination. In this podcast, Adam shares from his own successes and failures in ministry and also reflects on the future of The United Methodist Church.
Hearing that we are loved may be old news, but it's a foundational truth that helps us in times of failure. I reflect on this as we look at Luke 3:15-22.
Links I mention:
The scene from "Good Will Hunting": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQht2yOX9Js
A link to buy my book: http://bookstore.upperroom.org/Products/DR878/failing-boldly.aspx
The Urban Village podcast page: https://uvchurch.podbean.com/
When (not if) we fail in our lives, the temptation is to obsess about the failure and believe that we're the only one who has failed in this particular way. That, of course, isn't true and Luke 17:11-19 shows us that Jesus offers a way to respond to perceived failures.
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To learn more about Mike Baughman and the Union ministry: http://www.uniondallas.org/
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There are days when we may feel great about our bodies and celebrate them and there are also days when we wonder if we can return our bodies for a refund, especially those who combat disease or struggle with illness. What do we do if our bodies feel broken? Some thoughts on this using Mark 5:35-44.
Having the courage to speak up can be challenging sometimes and it's even more of a challenge to figure out what words to use. Words are particularly important during Palm Sunday and that's what I reflect on this week using Matthew 21:1-11.