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.

Trump and The Little Children

The image of Jesus calling the children to him, after  scolding his disciples when they wanted to turn little children away, is found on pictures all over the world. Sometimes the children are of mixed races, symbolic of the song, … Continue reading

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Christian Ethics 101 According to the Apostle Paul

I’ve always liked the way the apostle Paul set out his ethical worldview.  He sent it to the newly formed Christian churches in Rome as a way of encouraging them in their faith journey.   As the issues around immigration are … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Guilt Me

One of my pet peeves are Facebook posts that include words designed to guilt the reader if they  don’t repost the message. Something like this will be in the post: “Most people won’t” “I Know who will pass this on.” … Continue reading

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Re-framing Reclaiming Jesus

At first I was encouraged by the Reclaiming Jesus movement. After the past two years of division and having my Christian faith twisted into something it is not by a political party, I’ve been ready to reclaim the real Jesus. … Continue reading

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Growing Old and Dear

(First Published May 22, 2015 on “A Pastor’s Heart”) Everyone loved Gen. There was no shortage of volunteers ready to leap at the opportunity to drop something off, to make a call or to check-in with her. I knew her … Continue reading

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Where are You in the Story?

“Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love … Continue reading

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