salvaged faith

tr.v. sal·vaged 1) To save from loss or destruction. 2) To save (discarded or damaged material) for further use. Welcome to the blog of Rev. Katie Z. Dawson, United Methodist elder and Field Coordinator for Imagine No Malaria.

Winter is Coming

As an introvert,  I dont often make small talk with fellow passengers on a flight. Now that you can use a kindle during taxi and takeoff, my nose is often … Continue reading

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With Careful Intention

I have a nasty smart phone habit.  Every commercial break, every need to stretch, every chance I get, I check my phone.  I browse through Facebook posts.  I glance at … Continue reading

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Pen Pals and Pinky Promises

I have never been great at long-distance relationships.  I have no idea how my husband and I made it for two years apart at two different times in our dating … Continue reading

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The Side of the Road

I had an experience last week that deeply shook me. My dad asked me to come help him move farm equipment as he moved from one set of fields to … Continue reading

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What I am learning as I give up social media for Lent…

#1 – I seek praise, sympathy, solidarity through social media.  The smallest, most insignificant thing could happen and my first instinct is to post it so that other people will … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

This Christmas mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in … Continue reading

January 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Expectations and Realities

Sermon based on Luke 1:39-55 and Matthew 11:2-6 About a year ago, I began working with Imagine No Malaria here in the Iowa Conference, and I have to tell you… … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

The praise of crickets

Today, I discovered this recording of crickets, overlayed with the same recording slowed down.  Their song is a hymn… voices in harmony… like the sounds of a human chorus. It … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Turning It Off

The balance of self-care, Sabbath, and work is sometimes a tenuous one in my life so I try to set boundaries and guidelines for myself. They are: never work more than … Continue reading

November 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Where Have All the Young Girls (and Boys) Gone?

I’ve been taking guitar lessons at my local rec center.  And with one of the simplest chord progressions – C, Am, F, G7 – the Pete Seeger song, “Where Have … Continue reading

November 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

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