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.

Advent – The Promise of Peace

An Advent Devotion “He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall … Continue reading

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When our Heroes Fall

I live in Lake Wobegon country and I must say, that heroes are falling fast. If you are a fan of Public Radio, you’ll recognize Lake Wobegon as a feature on the Prairie Home Companion show. Both our Minnesota Senator … Continue reading

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Worshiping Guns or God?

When did we decide that we would worship guns instead of God? When did we determine that if we sacrificed enough of our children on that altar, the rest of us would somehow be safe? When did we conclude that everyone was entitled to the equipment which would allow them to slaughter innocents – instead of reserving that equipment for people charged with protecting our nation? Did we have a vote on that? Did all of us get a chance to be part of the conversation? Continue reading

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The Problem of Being Rich

I’ve begun to understand in a new way, why Jesus said that it would be more difficult for a *“Rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.” Unless … Continue reading

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A Roller Coaster Called Health Care

When my youngest daughter was born prematurely in 1977, it was a very frightening time. Her early months were one roller coaster after another of wondering if she would survive. There was more than one Code Blue called on her. … Continue reading

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We All Drink from One Water

“We all drink from one water We all breathe from one air We rise from one ocean And we live under one sky Remember We are one” Anwar Fazal We take the earth and its cycles for granted, until something … Continue reading

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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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