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.

Choosing to Look Past our Differences

Henri Nouwen said, “To die to our neighbors means to stop judging them, to stop evaluating them, and thus to become free to be compassionate. Compassion can never coexist with judgment because judgment creates the distance, the distinction, which prevents … Continue reading

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God Made Us Stewards of the Earth For a Purpose

God made us stewards of the earth for a purpose. These have been challenging times for those of us who are concerned about environmental issues . . . Whether it is President Trump pulling the United States out of the … Continue reading

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The Power to Push Back the Darkness

On Sunday’s when I’m home sick, I like to check out the online worship service at Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City (www.cor.org) where Adam Hamilton has been the lead pastor since the church began in 1990. One day … Continue reading

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Surviving Political Polarization, Scandals and Fears – Remembering God is Still God

I learned a new word recently, “Awfulizing.” A person engaged in “Awfulizing” assumes the worst case scenario will come true in any situation. “Awfulizers,” can only see the potential hazard ahead and prepare themselves for a disaster. I think I’ve … Continue reading

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Making a Difference – The Power to Bless

(First Published October 29, 2015) In her book “Angels in the Workplace,” Melissa Giovagnoli tells the story of a man who was homeless. There was a program in that city to help people get off of the streets by earning … Continue reading

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On the Path to Easter

(First Published, March 2016) As Jesus travels through Holy Week, he is surrounded by a sea of human need. He sees heartache and sorrow, the mingled tears of humanity. He confronts evil, challenges systems, restores hope. Compassionate eyes search for … Continue reading

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An Apology for a Former President

(First Published July 31, 2015) New York Times Columnist, Nicholas Kristof, offered an apology on behalf of the media to former President Jimmy Carter in 2015. Carter only served one term as president. It was a time of rapid inflation. … Continue reading

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