Moving Beyond Voluntourism

Rev. Matt Lacey, director of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission for the Southeast Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church  wrote a blog post this week digging into the term “voluntourism”.  Voluntourism mashes together the words “volunteer” and “tourism” and describes what some critics of short-term mission see as the main problem with the practice of … Continue reading Moving Beyond Voluntourism

The Dreaded Christmas Letter

The annual newsy Christmas letter has a bad reputation these days.  I must confess that I enjoy reading letters from friends and family, hearing about their celebrations and transitions, especially people who aren't active on social media or frequent e-mailers. Christmas letters are one way we share about ourselves with others.  If we don't gloss … Continue reading The Dreaded Christmas Letter