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“Birthing a Global Church” is the theme for the 2016 edition of the WellSprings Journal.

When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. (John 16:21 NRSV)

Our theme verse from John’s Gospel calls to mind the uniquely female perspective on the birthing experience. In this General Conference year, United Methodists are exploring the impact of new birth across the globe: the birthing pains of growth in some areas and not in others, the structural implications for our policy and polity. The 2016 edition of the WellSprings Journal gathers perspectives and stories of birthing as both joy and pain from across the connection:

  • Editorial Circle: an overview of our theme provided by a member of the WellSprings Journal Editorial Circle
  • Theological Reflection: a reflection on the theological implications of the theme
  • Spinning the Sacred Yarn: sermons and speeches
  • Women’s Leadership Style: articles on conflict management and various leadership styles viewed through the lens of the chosen theme
  • The Creating Spirit: poetry, music, photography, and other art forms that express the theme
  • Windows to a Wider Sisterhood: articles on the theme from beyond the United States
  • Younger Voice: articles by younger clergywomen on the designated theme
  • Highlights: brief book and media reviews, notices of resources, continuing education resources
  • About the Next Issue: a preview of the theme and focus for the upcoming issue of WellSprings Journal



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