A Word from DS Rev. Teresa Welborn-6/10/2021

As humans, we’re good about marking endings and beginnings. Coffee at the start of the day and family movie night on Friday. The baptismal liturgy and the funeral liturgy. The graduation party and the retirement party. The beginning of a new appointment and the last Sunday’s farewell celebration. But what about all the in-between time?…Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn-4/23/2021

Texas Methodist Foundation recently launched a podcast called “Reservoirs of Resilience.” If you aren’t already familiar with this podcast and listening, I commend it to you. Leaders interviewed include: Tod Bolsinger of Fuller Seminary who says, “The giant challenge isn’t the external challenges, as strong as they are, it is the internal resistance” and Dr. Colette…Read More »

A Word from DS Rev. Teresa Welborn – 3/31/21

In her book Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other LiesI’ve Loved, Duke professor Kate Bowler writes about the time she visited Lakewood Church in Houston for worship. Worshiping there one Holy Week, she recalls the smiling parking lot attendant waving and hollering over to her to say, “Happy Good Friday!” Lakewood Church is where Joel Olsteen…Read More »

A Word from DS Rev. Teresa Welborn – 3/12/21

Recently I shared with leaders in the district that I have accepted a new appointment beginning July 1st. Bishop Schnase has introduced me as the pastor he intends to appoint as senior pastor at University UMC in Austin. I also asked that our prayers join Bishop Schnase’s as he discerns the right next District Superintendent…Read More »

A Word from DS Rev. Teresa Welborn – 2/26/21

The weather this week is quite a change from last week! I pray you and your families are safe. The winter storm left many throughout the Austin area without power/heat and/or water. I am grateful for the many ways our Capital area churches have already been the hands and feet of Christ during this time. Some…Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn – 1/8/21

I wrote the newsletter article below days before the events of January 6th, the assault on the US Capitol by extremists. As we watch the news and continue to experience emotions ranging from anger to sorrow, it is of great importance that those of us who are white to listen to the voices of people…Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn – 12/17/2020

Grace and peace! And Merry Christmas Capital District! As your District Superintendent, I want you to know my hope is renewed when I consider all you do and all you are. I see the light of Christ shining in you – for you continue to be the church in the world today. Sharing messages of…Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn – 11/12/2020

In the last few years I have discovered the writing of Irish poet and theologian Pádraig O Tuama. Whenever I hear him speak, I learn something I never knew before about the meaning of or history of some word. For example, one of his books is entitled In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World….Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn – 10/22/20

The weather has finally started to shift – well, at least on some days! As we enter the Autumn season, some of us are honest about longing for a new season altogether. A season free from a virus that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States alone. A season of less…Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn – 10/9/2020

Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s session of Annual Conference. I missed seeing our Rio Texas Conference family altogether in Corpus, but I am grateful for another year with the wonderful people of The Capital District. At Annual Conference, a few different people were invited to share with us as they…Read More »