Author Archives: Shirley Hobson Duncanson

About Shirley Hobson Duncanson

Rev. Shirley Duncanson is a United Methodist Pastor. She is a graduate of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Metro State University in Minnesota and Cleveland High School, in Cleveland MN where she grew up on a small fishing resort. Retired in 2013, she has served churches in Owatonna, Fairfax, Morton, Winona, Homer, Mounds View and most recently Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Bloomington, all in Minnesota. Shirley currently is a volunteer pastor at a nearby church. She is the mother of seven and grandmother of seven. Shirley enjoys photography, theological discussions, political discourse, book studies and reading.

Learning to Live in Community – the Family

One of the saddest stories I hear as a pastor, are stories of adult siblings who simply do not and will not try to get along with each other. In one of the first churches I served there was a woman in her mid seventies who continued to hang on to a grudge against a brother that started when they were teens. Worst of all, her anger was based on a simple misunderstanding. Continue reading

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Jesus’ Inaugural Sermon

At the very beginning of his ministry, Jesus defined the limits and purpose of his life. Scholars refer to that as Jesus’ Inaugural Sermon. It is found in the gospel of Luke. “When he came to Nazareth, where he had … Continue reading

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Living Like Jesus

I’m convinced that if all of us who take the name of Christian seriously were to focus on the words of Jesus, there would be a lot more harmony in our country.   These words from the Gospel of Matthew speak … Continue reading

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The Complicated Family History of Jesus

One of the most intriguing texts in the Bible is found in the very first chapter of Matthew in the genealogy of Jesus. At a  time when the lives of women were discounted, Matthew  included the records of five women, … Continue reading

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Building a Christian Nation

Lent is just around the corner beginning on Valentines with Ash Wednesday.  Traditionally,  the church has taught that Lent is a time to give up something you value or to fast from certain foods.     I was reminded this morning in … Continue reading

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Remembering the Way Home

  A recent poll indicated that seventy percent of us believe our country is going the wrong direction. I always wish that the poll takers would sort out why people feel the country is going the wrong way, but I … Continue reading

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The Revelations of Social Media

I became an unintentional observer of Steve’s life as email destined for him, landed in my inbox. Somewhere, in the world of Comcast, we ended up with a similar email address. All of that worked just fine when everything was … Continue reading

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