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.”

11 Responses to Homepage

  • Good to know you are still listening and watching and writing!

  • I have missed your newsletters…thank you for reconnecting.

  • Glad to have you back. We have similar life “circumstances ” to manage. Keep up the good work with Connections.

  • This is a test message from Paul K.

  • Wow! Barbara! Having just read your “reconnection” of CONNECTIONS, my Sunday morning is illuminated by your words of unquestionable clarity. The almost unavoidable schism you talk about regarding the UMC over homosexuality does not seem to stop with the Church. Our nation is on the brink of schism. Restricted interpretations, judgement and rejection of others, inciting hatred and violence would be appalling to Jesus. Have we, as Christians, forgotten our Baptismal Vow: “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” And we answered, “I will, with God’s help.” (How is this working for us?)

  • Alleluia! Thank you, Barbara, for this jubilant “resurrection” of CONNECTIONS. Connections is both a “life line” to one’s interior quest as well as a means by which we “misfits” are encouraged by and offer hope to each other. Lots of love, Debo

  • Am always glad for your your offerings and your service to the Christian community.

  • 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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