Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Shearing

Hair brings one's self-image into focus; it is vanity's proving ground. Hair is terribly personal, a tangle of mysterious prejudices. ~Shana Alexander

Funding Missions

The United Methodist Church is in mission in 125 countries. On Sunday, the United Methodist Women hosted a bake sale and the proceeds will help to fund missions.


Mission News:

A study of United Methodist ministry needs and possibilities with Pacific Islanders in the United States is being organized by the denomination's mission agency.

The study will look at demographics and ministry priorities relating to people whose ethnic roots are in the Pacific Islands, such as Hawaii, Fiji, Guam, Samoa, and Tonga.

"This is a project whose time has come," said Bishop Mary Ann Swenson of the California-Pacific Annual (regional) Conference in welcoming the study plans. "Many Pacific Islanders come to this country with strong Methodist DNA." Swenson's area covers large parts of the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam.

Teaser Tuesdays

Will in the World How Shakespeare Become Shakespeare
by Stephen Greenblatt
page 26
Everyone understood that Latin learning was inseparable from whipping.
One educational theorist of the time speculated that the buttocks were created in order to facilitate the learning of Latin.
page 27
Virtually all schoolmasters agreed that one of the best ways to instill good Latin in their students was to have them read and perform ancient plays, especially the comedies of Terence and Plautus.