Gentle Readers, I was blessed to run a soup kitchen for fourteen years in Upstate New York where I was pastor at The Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church. During most of my tenure, I was aided greatly by many members of the community, including Steven Gottlieb, Esquire. Steven was a tireless volunteer. He ran a…Read more The Lawyer Is In the House!
Blessed to have this piece published in the May edition of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate, edited by Jessica Brodie. I confess I start a bit late and miss a few of the early morning faithful on their way to school and work, but the long, unwieldy piece of donated plywood needs a coat…Read more Ashes on the Highway
Cherished Readers, I was blessed to have this article published in April's edition of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate, a great denominational paper edited by Jessica Brodie. I am grateful and delighted to share it. Thank you for reading! Darlene Chicken, Lima Beans and Love: The Langley UMC Feeds Veterans The buses pull…Read more Chicken, Lima Beans and Love
Recently published in the South Carolina Advocate, this story was edited from a longer, earlier work in progress on this very blog. Thank you for being here and for reading this. Rev. Darlene Kelley The Langley UMC September 8, 2018 A Call Story A compact park occupies the corner…Read more A Call Story
I once threw up on my front door--proud that I’d shut that door with my date on the other side--before commencing. The cherries from the Manhattans I’d been sucking down all night created a stain, and you could still see a faint red mark in a certain light even after a coat of paint. It’s…Read more Love Heals: Chapter Two
Love heals. It’s easy, and it’s difficult. And it’s a process. That’s one of the difficult demands—patience. People want to be “cured”. They desire the instant gratification of the miraculous, but real healing is a process that may take time and produce unexpected results. Some folks are stuck. They’re like hamsters on a wheel. Year…Read more Part One: Love Heals
It’s easy to criticize, and three weeks does not a lifetime make, but I am emotionally perceptive, observant and empathetic; and I am certain people are treating one another better in southern Italy than we are here in the States. It could be the weather. It’s warm and sunny in southern Italy. I’ve always found…Read more A Couple of Things I Learned on Vacation