Category Archives: Blog

Church Day Shelter Program

For several years now my congregation – the English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna – and its sister congregation the Fuenfhaus UMC organize a winter daytime shelter in cooperation with Caritas. We are a part of a network working with another 20 congregations. Our location is one of the most frequented locations. On 17 January […]
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On Stewardship

From a sermon on Sunday, November 6 on John 15: Stewardship is about God’s love working within every aspect of our lives. As God’s love infuses our lives, we can’t help but share all we have in Christ’s name. As we are enveloped in God’s saving love, we find ourselves wanting to pray for our […]
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Praying at the World Methodist Conference

I was honored to wrote and offer the prayers of the people during morning worship on Saturday, September 3, 2016, at the 21st World Methodist Conference, meeting in Houston, Texas, USA. Will you pray with me? How good it is to praise you, O God! How wonderful is your Name! How gracious is your love! How […]
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Accidental Missionary

In the January/February 2016 issue of the New World Outlook, the mission magazine of The United Methodist Church, an article appears about me entitled “Accidental Missionary”. Check out the article here.  

Local Churches Provide Space for People on the Run

Check out this news article from the The United Methodist Church in Austria about our churches providing space for refugees – “Local Churches Provide Space for People on the Run” (in German)

Living into a new reality

Check out this story about our work in Austria with refugees – United Methodists in Europe practice Christian hospitality in the wake of the migration crisis

Video: Brief Update About My Ministry in Vienna, November 2015

Kein Mensch ist illegal

Today 150,000 people gathered in central Vienna for the ‘Voices of Refugees’ concert to raise awareness and monies for refugees and refugee projects in Austria and across the European continent. I saw a girl holding a sign that said “Kein Mensch ist illegal” (No one is illegal). A powerful statement to remember in these challenging times.

Taking a Breath

Excerpt from an email to the English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna Thank you for your perseverance and commitment to the ESUMC/Fünfhaus congregations’ emergency refugee shelter. We have hosted nearly 200 refugees in the church since we started the project last week. I have been moved by your generosity and hospitality. Now it is time […]
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Another Day

Excerpt from a congregational email to the English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna Last night we hosted 26 refugees in the Sechshauser Street Church. As people are free to go, several refugees left the church today, seeking to continue their journeys in spite of the closed German border. Some refugees who departed the church later […]
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