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.

7/04/2005

Leaving for Liberia

Tomorrow I leave for Liberia with a study team that will meet with workers and leaders of the Liberian labor movement. We will hopefully help to build a stronger relationship between the workers of Liberia and the United States.

Next Sunday Jane will join me and we will spend a week visiting with our United Methodist brothers and sisters in Liberia.

United Methodism, like the United States, has a special relationship with Liberia. Most of the freed slaves, sponsored by the American Colonization Society, who migrated to establish the Republic of Liberia were Methodists. One of the first things they did upon arriving in Liberia was to build Methodist churches.

You can find a report of our last trip to Liberia in February here and a very helpful and touching interview with the Rev. Sabah T. Dweh-Chenneh, a pastor who works with youth and young adults in Liberia, here.

More information about United Methodism in Liberia is available from the General Board of Global Ministries.

Jane and I are grateful to Bishop John Innis for facilitating our visit. He is a friend of Foundry Church, and our friend.

I hope to post from Liberia, but you can never be sure. Liberia depends on gasoline-fueled generators for electricity. We appreciate your prayers. We expect to return July 19.

Also, please keep Foundry's Volunteers In Mission who leave tomorrow morning for Zimbabwe in your thought and prayers.

4 Comments:

Blogger Richard H said...

Have a good trip! If you see JOhn Russell tell him I said Hi. We were at Asbury Seminary together back in the mid 80's.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I just saw that you were in Liberia during their annual conference. My pastor was there then also, did you meet a guy from Tucson, AZ? Anyway, many blessings on your trip!

1:03 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Have a safe trip, Dean. May the Lord use you and your team to make a difference in people's lives. Peace.

10:59 AM  
Blogger John Wilks said...

May God bless and keep you and may your journey bear Kingdom fruit!

11:52 AM  

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