Courtney Pazan

663 Flips | 17 Magazines | 5 Likes | 9 Following | 628 Followers | @capazan | Inspiration hits, then to track it before it melts into boredom. Finding insight and experience in everything, and hopefully sharing some of it.

Handmade Gifts for Boys day 4: Floor Cushion Tutorial with hidden storage!

I don’t know about your house, but my boys’ toys need constant corralling. And what’s better than storage that doubles as a place to cozy up and …

Sewing

A Vision for United Methodist Creation Care

Remarks to the 2018 United Methodist Creation Care Summit at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota<p>When it comes to what the United Methodist …

United Methodist

First United Methodist gets updates

First United Methodist Church moved out of its sanctuary May 6 and removed one of its two traditional services. This is a temporary move while the …

United Methodist

Community meeting about West Asheville homeless camp gets heated

Community members sounded off about a West Asheville homeless camp during a meeting on Thursday morning.<p>Hundreds of people gathered at Trinity United …

Homelessness

PNW News Digest #28 - #PNWAC18 - In Summary

Ordination & Commissioning: Go forth and disrupt!<p>The Ordination and Commissioning service at #PNWAC18 challenged all to a risky new journey of …

As other theology schools struggle, Denver’s Iliff uses social justice roots to stay resilient

At a time when theology schools and seminaries are downsizing, merging or closing, Denver’s Iliff School of Theology is holding steady.The United …

In churches of any size, it can be hard to stay on top of every communications request — from announcements to social media posts and more. With a little planning and...

<i>Image by First Methodist Carrollton</i><p>How to organize communication requests at your church<p><b>By Dan Wunderlich</b><p>Collecting and organizing communications …

Normal Heights church acts as immigration shelter

SAN DIEGO-- Christ United Methodist Church in Normal Heights is where dozens of families from around the world call home as they seek asylum."Most of …

Sessions' pastor addresses 'firestorm' over church charges against AG

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' pastors told her congregation on Sunday that she does not agree with the "zero-tolerance" immigration policies that led to family separations, but urged the United Methodist church in northern Virginia not to be torn apart by political …

United Methodist

Three years ago the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. What that means for churches remains murky.

By Lauren Markoe<p>Tuesday marks the third anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that established the right of gay people to marry. For Christian congregations, it also apparently tracks with a steady expansion of interest in what it means to be “welcoming” to same-sex couples.<p>While gay rights …

New pastors needed at Glide Memorial to carry on good works

The pastors of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco are not being removed. They are being reassigned.<p>In the United Methodist …

After New Orleans church shields man facing deportation, ICE relents | Opinion | NOLA.com

Jose Torres, walked out of First Grace United Methodist Church a semi-free man Monday (June 25), 222 days after he took sanctuary there. On Nov. 15, …

Religion, Sexuality, and Social Change

LGBT Celebration at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. Photo by Elvert Barnes, Flickr CCIn the United States, tension between …

Rights group calls for release of detained foreign missionaries

A human rights group on Friday called on the Philippine government to release a detained missionary from Zimbabwe and allow him and two other foreign …

Compliance is Not the End Goal of Education

Recently, I was listening to a teacher talk about their more “traditional” view of education, and how “compliance” wasn’t a bad thing for students. …

Teaching

Toiletry Bag Tutorial

Created by Blue Susan Makes<p>* Finished Dimensions 7" tall x 11" wide X 4" deep<p>Materials<p>1/2 yard quilting cotton or lightweight canvas for the exterior …

One Surprisingly Simple Rule that Will Make Your Goals Happen Faster

Like many people, Angel and I spent years struggling to make even the slightest bit of progress on the goals we had set for ourselves.We started new …

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey All Use the 5-Hour Rule

In the article “Malcolm Gladwell Got Us Wrong,” the researchers behind the 10,000-Hour Rule set the record straight: Different fields require …

How We Got To Where We Are: A Brief Overview of United Methodism in 2017 | The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

(Note: For those who want to dive in deeply into what is happening in United Methodism in the present moment, I recommend the abundance of statements …

United Methodist

She was United Methodists’ first openly gay, married bishop. Now she may lose her post because of it.

By Susan Hogan<p>, Deputy editor, Morning Mix<p>The fate of the United Methodist Church’s first openly gay married bishop is in the hands of a church court.<p>Bishop Karen Oliveto, who was elected last summer, immediately saw her election challenged by a Midwestern laywoman who said it violated church law, …

United Methodist

5 Packing Tips from Outdoor Pros

If you don’t thoughtfully pack your bag before hiking, backpacking, climbing, or skiing, you’ll be uncomfortable at best—or dangerously unprepared at worst. I asked several pro outdoor athletes and industry experts, all of whom have packed thousands of bags for their adventures, for tips to ensure …

A US Supreme Court discussion of free speech and social media got comically postmodern

During oral arguments this week in a case before the US Supreme Court, the justices mostly seemed to agree that access to social media is worthy of constitutional protection.<p>And why shouldn’t it be? The web, and specifically social media, is where civic life happens now. As justice Elena Kagan put …

Social Media

9 easy gluten-free dinners (that don't even seem gluten-free)

The past few years have showered us with a whole lot of research about gluten intolerance and allergies. There are about 3 million Americans who have …

Rock’n’Roll Is Here To Stay: How Rock Has Always Rolled Us

Rock’n’roll defined a generation’s dreams, emotions and way of life, supplying popular culture all over the globe with iconic heroes such as Elvis …

From Cabbage Patch Kids To The NES Classic, The Most Popular Christmas Toys Since 1983

The relative hotness of these various toys waxes and wanes through the years–and as this infographic from online bargain-hunting site Ebates …

Pop Culture

Google Earth’s Timelapse update illustrates 30 years of climate change

Watch as the planet is irreversibly changed<p>The team behind Google Earth released an update today to the Timelapse feature of its satellite imagery app, and it’s a great way to see the rapid pace of urban development and public infrastructure projects like the San Francisco Bay Bridge. It’s a cool …