How to Use This Issue (July/August 2014)

But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.”
Mark 6:37

Assembly 2014 may be over, but the call of Assembly lives on. We have been tasked to feed the 5,000. We have been asked to Make It Happen.

If you made it to Assembly 2014, this issue will remind you of the fun you had, the people you met, the Spirit you felt. If you were unable to attend, we missed you! This issue invites you to be a part of Assembly, our quadrennial gathering that celebrates your giving and your work.

Begin this issue by reading Mark 6:30-44, the feeding of the 5,000, the Assembly 2014 Scripture. Perhaps, like me, you’ve heard this story and were amazed at Jesus’ miracle of feeding so many with impossibly little. At Assembly we were asked to consider that the miracle wasn’t just that Jesus turned two fish and five loaves into a meal that fed thousands but that the hearts of the people on the hill opened, and they realized that, together, they already had more than enough. During Assembly’s opening worship the Rev. Bridgette Young Ross asked, “What if the act of Jesus blessing the bread and fish didn’t just multiply the food, it multiplied the hospitality?” Hillary Rodham Clinton in her message called the feeding of the 5,000 “that first great potluck.”

Chances are you have been asked to feed thousands with only five loaves of bread and two fish. And chances are you responded, “What? That would take a miracle!” As it turns out, a little trust in Jesus—and a community of friends—turns us all into miracle workers, for the kin-dom of God is among us (Luke 17:21). This month, think about the miracles your unit may be capable of, even if your resources seem scarce.

Not all who hunger are hungry for food. On the Assembly day of action, attendees joined the Louisville, Ky., community for a march to end economic inequality. In “Marching for Economic Justice” on pages 22-23, Christie House and Mary Beth Coudal explain some of the disparity between East and West Louisville, the dividing line between the haves and have-nots, of race and class.

This month, watch “This Is Beecher Terrace” from PBS’s Frontline. The Beecher Terrace public housing complex is on Louisville’s west side and is one of the communities we marched through during our Assembly action.

Materials from Assembly are available on Visit to learn about workshop topics and to see videos of worship services. More photos from Assembly can be seen at

Our God is a God of abundance. Never doubt that we can Make It Happen!

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About Tara Barnes

editor of response, the magazine of United Methodist Women.
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