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Posted on 10. Dec, 2014 by Melanie Gibbons.
Advent. Season of waiting. Season of hope. Season of peace. Maybe. I’m not sure about that last one. Maybe even the last two. It’s hard work these days to align our minds, bodies and spirits with the deeper themes of this brief season of the liturgical year in the midst of so much noise, hustle […]
Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by Melanie Gibbons.
In the LWR Quilters Group on Facebook – a place of 750 (and counting) dedicated Quilters and Kit-makers from across the US gather online – we’ve been having an interesting discussion. What’s the difference between a quilt “blessing” and a quilt “dedication?” And why do congregations do them before sending Quilts and Kits to LWR? […]
Posted on 30. Sep, 2014 by Melanie Gibbons.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) states that access to education is a basic human right. Every girl and boy in every country is entitled to [education]. Quality education is critical to development both of societies and of individuals, and it helps pave the way to a successful and productive future. When all children have […]
Posted on 03. Apr, 2014 by Melanie Gibbons.
I returned from the Philippines almost two weeks ago. Just about every day I’ve heard some variation on the same question from friends, colleagues, family members, and people at church: how was your trip? I’m not quite sure how to answer. Sometimes I think people expect me to say “it was great!” (Perhaps that’s my […]
Posted on 26. Nov, 2013 by Melanie Gibbons.
Although retail stores are trying to tell me it’s Christmas time, when I think of November, I still think of Thanksgiving. With “turkey day” just two days away, this is a good time to reflect on gratitude — for us especially, because gratitude is one of our organizational values. And for me there is no […]
Posted on 16. Nov, 2012 by Melanie Gibbons.
If you’re anything like me, there are times when you look up and realize you haven’t thanked God in a while (usually when things seem to be going either really well, or really poorly, in my case). That’s one reason I love the LWR value of gratitude — what a great reminder! In the face […]
Posted on 05. Apr, 2012 by Melanie Gibbons.
Several years ago, I went to visit my grandmother in rural Virginia. The timing of the trip happened to coincide with the annual Love Feast held at her Church of the Brethren congregation. A Love Feast is a celebration and remembrance of Jesus washing the disciples feet and the Lord’s Supper. She was so excited […]
Posted on 14. Dec, 2011 by Melanie Gibbons.
Both our respect and appreciation for each other and the critical and urgent nature of our mission call us to employ the highest standards in our lives and work. We are not owners; rather we strive to be wise trustees: “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it” (Psalm 24:1). Aware of […]
Posted on 11. Nov, 2010 by Melanie Gibbons.
Women in Albert Lea, Minnesota, form community around the quilting table. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about a friend of mine who is struggling to adjust to life at college, halfway across the country from “home.” We’ve all found ourselves in that odd space from time to time in our lives, where nothing feels […]