The Arkansas United Methodist is the twice-monthly newsletter of the Arkansas Conference that reaches more than 5,000 Arkansas Methodists across our state. Every other week, you’ll receive a newsletter in your inbox packed full of stories from around the Conference, and commentaries from the Bishop, the AUM Editor, clergy, laity and more!

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Q&A With Liza Godwin, Ozark Mission Project

Q&A With Liza Godwin, Ozark Mission Project

How long have you been involved with the Ozark Mission Project and what roles have you held in the organization? I’ve been involved since 1995 as a camper parent, I then volunteered at the North Little Rock camp for several years by helping to provide a meal during...

Solid Tips for Creating A Healthy Online Presence

Solid Tips for Creating A Healthy Online Presence

A few weeks ago, the Rev. Todd Vick of Lakeside UMC sent me a “tweet” that had recently gotten a lot of engagement. It was shared by a layperson who I do not know and it read: “If you are looking for a church home, along with the usual things to weigh, I would add one...

New Perspectives Can Lead to Changed Hearts

New Perspectives Can Lead to Changed Hearts

For the past couple of months, I’ve been doing some real soul-searching about what it means to have privilege and how I have failed to examine that privilege in my day-to-day interactions with my neighbors who are people of color. Like many others who identify as...

Nothing Can be Changed Until it is Faced

Nothing Can be Changed Until it is Faced

James Baldwin once wrote: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced” These words written many years ago have not lost their relevance or intuitive foresight as we are faced with addressing the issues of systemic racism....

The Year Topsy-Turvy Became Normal

A lot of things have changed in the last five months. Not just a little, but a lot. I don’t think it’s an overreach to say 2020 is the year topsy-turvy became normal! Think of all that has changed the last five months. COVID-19 has dramatically altered our daily...

Churches Need to Be There for Kids, and Parents, When School Returns

Churches Need to Be There for Kids, and Parents, When School Returns

“What will school look like this year?” This seems to be the question on every parent, teacher, and administrator’s mind. I’d also argue that it needs to be the question on every church’s mind as we enter into the fall. When I learned I’d be working with 200K More...

Weathering the Perfect Storm

Weathering the Perfect Storm

It wasn’t supposed to last this long. The pandemic and its concomitant tragedies should have been over in weeks, maybe a couple of months, right? Now over four months into it, the cases, hospitalizations and deaths are still on the increase. If the end is in sight, it...