Untied Methodist (John 11:44)

A working preacher in Washington, D.C., wrestles with Scripture, the (sigh) United Methodist Church and his soul.

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Location: Washington, D.C., United States

Currently the pastor of Foundry UMC in Washington, DC, a wonderful and blessed reconciling congregation. Formerly a United Methodist communicator and editor. Formerly a campus minister. Formerly pastor in Philadelphia for 24 years. Graduate of Albright College and Boston University of Theology. Husband of Jane Malone and father of David, Nancy and Naomi. Resident of Capitol Hill, a wonderful place to live! Articles published in Zion's Herald, a must-read magazine for Methodists, a variety of United Methodist publications, the Christian Century, newspapers.

4/20/2005

A few thoughts on our time in Liberia

Commentary: Amid sad context, Liberia’s story inspires

A UMNS Commentary
By Dean Snyder and Jane Malone*

The danger of visiting Liberia, as we did in February during the 2005 Liberia Annual Conference, is that a visitor might easily confuse the context with the story.

The context is a nation that has experienced more than two decades of violence and years of political and economic devastation. It has been 14 years since Liberia, once the jewel of West Africa, has had centralized electricity, water or sewage systems. Buildings have either been destroyed in fighting between government troops and rebels or have deteriorated without occupants, repairs or maintenance.

Until 2003, when former President Charles Taylor left Liberia in exile, most Liberians lived desperate lives, focusing daily on survival and protecting themselves against extortion and robbery. Many were eager for the United Nations and United States to help end decades of civil war and random violence.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Larry Hollon said...

Dean,
This UMNS coverage may be of interest.
http://www.umc.org/interior.asp?ptid=1&mid=7335
Thanks for your commentary.

10:16 PM  

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