Connections: September 2022

If UMsConnected were a spacecraft, we would say that we have had a successful launch, and now we move to establish our orbit, circling our mission to provide spiritual formation in the Wesleyan tradition as the new UMC emerges.

In our first 2.5 months, we have had 9,000 people view the website. Many days we reach over 500 people on the Facebook page, and the weekly podcast audience continues to grow. Emails and comments from participants have confirmed that UMsConnected is meeting real needs. We thank God for this.

And now…we take some new steps in September with new live gatherings via Zoom.

The “Kindred” young adult ministry begins on Monday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. (ET). The “Kindred” icon on the homepage describes this ministry in more detail, and it has the Zoom link to use in order to join the meeting each week.


The “Conversations” gathering meets for the first time on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. (ET). The “Conversations” icon on the website homepage tells you more, and has the Zoom link for the September meeting.

Additional live offerings will be announced soon, here on the website and on the Facebook page. Live interaction is clearly a value-added dimension to the UMsConnected ministry.

Beyond this, we are turning to resource development, recommending existing resources and producing new ones. An upcoming UMsConnected YouTube channel will house many of these resources. Read the “Resources” icon on the home page to see what we already have. More is coming.

Finally, we are working to improve the website, Facebook page, and podcast. Stay tuned for more information.

So, here we are…beginning September thankful to God for what we have been led to do so far, and grateful that you are with us on this journey. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “O, the places we will go!”

Published by Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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