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I Met the Storyteller Today

By Rev. Keith Turman | 2021-06-11 | 3 min read

Novella Nimmo, from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center did not allow the Zoom platform to diminish her passion. A team member asked, “Why did you accept our invitation to come to Lake Junaluska?” It was one of those moments. Had I been wearing shoes, I would have been compelled to take them off. The ground was holy. Novella often...

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My FUMC Story

By Scott Taylor | 2021-05-28 | 4 min read

I have been at FUMC for eight years. I was at my previous church for five years (Calvary UMC), and three years at the one before that (St. Aidan’s Episcopal), two years at the one before that (St. Matthew UMC) and one year in my first church job (Westminster Presbyterian). Yes, that is a Fibonacci sequence! Should the pattern continue,...

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Juneteenth

By Rev. Keith Turman | 2021-05-14 | 3 min read

George Floyd’s murder was a tipping point. I called my friend Myrna to see if she was okay. Of course she wasn’t okay. On the subject of racism and inequality, she’s never been okay. The only thing different was that her white friend on the other end of the call was finally becoming aware of her reality. I asked her...

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Yearning for Transformation

By Rev. Becky Brown | 2021-04-30 | 4 min read

I’ve been thinking a lot about transformation lately. Maybe that’s because I’m yearning for it. I think the restlessness that my soul feels, is probably a healthy one. I have often found that when we are certain we have “it all figured out,” that’s only our doubt and fear showing prominently on our sleeves. Or, maybe...

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Where the Wild Things Are

By Rev. Keith Turman | 2021-04-23 | 3 min read

I learned about the chaffinch from my friend Dave Stum. He said the chaffinch is a type of finch found in Europe, about the size and color of a robin.  It sings a beautiful song and people often keep them in their homes just to hear them sing.  But the chaffinch has another unique characteristic—it can forget how to sing. The...

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