News: St. Arbuck’s Chapel | A Blog by Rev. Jeff Gannon

St. Arbuck’s Chapel is a weekly blog space where Pastor Jeff tells us what’s on his mind. The name pays tribute to a certain coffee chain where he finds refuge and inspiration. His current project is the “Wisdom from Wibaux,” an ongoing series exploring the native wisdom of his hometown. As he says, “The village raised all the children. I will be forever grateful for the lessons I learned from these authentic, hard working, hard-living folk from Eastern Montana. It may take us a year, give or take a few weeks, to get through all the stories, experiences, and people for whom I thank God regularly.”

Date Posted: June 4, 2019

Great Plains Conference Follow Up

Five resolutions and one petition were discussed and voted upon during the Saturday morning sessions: Resolution 14 — The Creation Care team offered a resolution, which passed on a show ... READ MORE
Date Posted: May 21, 2019

Judicial Council Rulings

This blog is an update on what has been happening in the United Methodist Church regarding the issue of human sexuality. The first two parts are reports and then the third part is my ... READ MORE
Date Posted: May 14, 2019

THE LOVE THAT WILL NOT LET YOU GO

by Steve May Today’s memo is another hymn story. This one takes place in Scotland in the mid-to-late 1800s.  It’s about about George Matheson who, at the age of 20, had what ... READ MORE
Date Posted: May 7, 2019

THE MORNING-BY-MORNING GOODNESS OF GOD

 One of my favorite hymns is also one of my favorite hymn stories, mainly because it’s almost a non-story. Many great hymns were written in response to a dramatic turning point in the ... READ MORE
Date Posted: April 30, 2019

All Shall Be Well

One of my favorite authors and theologians is Fr. Ron Rolheiser. He is ecumenical, yet serves as President of the Oblate Seminary in San Antonio. I was moved by Ron’s Easter reflection. I ... READ MORE
Date Posted: April 16, 2019

Silence

I am using a book I was referred to by one of my pastor friends (believe it or not, I have one or two), “Disciplines for the Inner Life.” I’ve come to discover, the longer I live, we spend ... READ MORE
Date Posted: April 9, 2019

Making Moments

I am using a book I was referred to by one of my pastor friends (believe it or not, I have one or two), “Disciplines for the Inner Life.” I’ve come to discover, the longer I live, we spend ... READ MORE
Date Posted: April 1, 2019

Solitude

I am using a book I was referred to by one of my pastor friends (believe it or not, I have one or two), “Disciplines for the Inner Life.” I’ve come to discover, the longer I live, we spend ... READ MORE
Date Posted: March 26, 2019

Desire

Opening Prayer: (prayer every day for this week) Lord, I do not know what to ask of you; only you known what I need. I simply present myself to you; I open my heart to you. I have no other ... READ MORE
Date Posted: March 19, 2019

Discipline

Starting this week, we are going to continue to try to do some spiritual direction from afar. If we find it isn’t helpful, let me know and we can go a variety of other directions.  I am ... READ MORE