Connections, Temple, TX
Barbara Wendland and her family foundation, The Joe B. and Louise P. Cook Foundation, are supporters of progressive Christianity and the work of the MFSA. Barbara, a lay United Methodist from Temple, TX, is the author of Connections, a four-page monthly letter. Connections urges church members to take initiative and action to help make their personal lives, the institutional church, and the world more like what Jesus described.
In Connections, Barbara Wendland, a lay United Methodist, is urging church members to:
- Continually reevaluate their religious beliefs, their understanding of God, their understanding of the church’s purpose, and their churches’ effectiveness in carrying out that purpose
- Revise their beliefs and their churches’ methods when new insight or information seems to make revision necessary
- Focus on today rather than yesterday, and on earthly life rather than an unknown afterlife
- Notice how their personal lives, their churches, and their world differ from what Jesus advocated
- Take initiative and action to help make their personal lives, the institutional church, and the world more like what Jesus described
- Talk openly in the church about how the teaching of Jesus may apply to current issues and about how the church needs to exemplify and promote adherence to that teaching.
Barbara has a theology degree, years of personal reading and study about religion and the church, and wide involvement in the church, helping her to see and say what many lay church members can’t. In Connections, Barbara takes on one sacred cow after another. Wendland is saying what many other laity and many clergy would like to say, and she says it clearly in conversational language.
Take a look at her website and sign up to receive Connections free of charge. http://connectionsonline.org/