Lay and ordained Connections readers say, “Connections is inspiring, positive, challenging, insightful, informative, clear, concise, useful, fresh, and easy to read.”

Barbara Wendland

Barbara Wendland

Connections is a four-page monthly letter written and published by Barbara Wendland, a lay United Methodist. Barbara is urging church members…

  • to continually reevaluate their religious beliefs, their understanding of God, their understanding of the church’s purpose, and their churches’ effectiveness in carrying out that purpose
  • to revise their beliefs and their churches’ methods when new insight or information seems to make revision necessary
  • to focus on today rather than yesterday, and on earthly life rather than an unknown afterlife
  • to notice how their personal lives, their churches, and their world differ from what Jesus advocated
  • to take initiative and action to help make their personal lives, the institutional church, and the world more like what Jesus described
  • to talk openly in the church about how the teaching of Jesus may apply to current issues and about how the church needs to exemplify and promote adherence to that teaching.

Lay and ordained readers of Connections say, “Connections is inspiring, positive, challenging, B_at_computerinsightful, informative, clear, concise, useful, fresh, and easy to read.
Wendland is neither a church employee nor a clergy spouse, so she is free to say openly what they usually are not.
Barbara has a theology degree, years of personal reading and study about religion and the church, and wide involvement in the church, helping her to see and say what many lay church members can’t.
In Connections, Barbara takes on one sacred cow after another.
Wendland is saying what many other laity and many clergy would like to say, and she says it clearly in conversational language.


Lay and ordained Connections readers say, “Connections is inspiring, positive, challenging, insightful, informative, clear, concise, useful, fresh, and easy to read.”

2 Responses to Homepage

  • Hi Barbara. I had to take a moment and share with you my joy with your new website. The website is clean, fresh, easy to navigate, unintimidating, beautifully designed, and houses a plethora of wisdom material. It's really very nice. Thank you for your hard work and for providing such a valuable resource.

  • Reading this gives me hope! I would like to receive your Connections. Thank you.

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