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We know that exercise and good nutrition help keep us physically healthy. Unfortunately, we don’t always follow through. Our spiritual lives are similar. We know what we need to grow as Christians, but sometimes we struggle. Get Your Spirit in Shape is a free, 30-minute, monthly podcast from United Methodist Communications featuring conversations with leaders, authors, and others who offer spiritual nutrition and exercises for our everyday lives. Join us as we get—and keep—our spirits in shape.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 62 Ratings

We know that exercise and good nutrition help keep us physically healthy. Unfortunately, we don’t always follow through. Our spiritual lives are similar. We know what we need to grow as Christians, but sometimes we struggle. Get Your Spirit in Shape is a free, 30-minute, monthly podcast from United Methodist Communications featuring conversations with leaders, authors, and others who offer spiritual nutrition and exercises for our everyday lives. Join us as we get—and keep—our spirits in shape.

    Love yourself: A fresh perspective on 1 Corinthians 13

    Love yourself: A fresh perspective on 1 Corinthians 13

    1 Corinthians Chapter 13 often is referred to as the “love chapter.” Following the verses as a checklist of what love is, we might find that we’re better at loving others than we are at loving ourselves. But to practice the commandment that Jesus calls out as the second most important – Love your neighbor as yourself – it might be worthwhile to look at some of those verses from 1 Corinthians – “love is patient,” “Love is kind,” for the definition of self-love. Laurin Allred, a cradle United Methodist, joins us on “Get Your Spirit in Shape” for the conversation and challenges us to read the “love chapter” through a different lens.

    More information and a full transcript of this conversation are available here.

    Have a question or comment? Email us at gysis@umcom.org

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    • 32 min
    Meet Bishop Tom Berlin

    Meet Bishop Tom Berlin

    This “Get Your Spirit in Shape” episode is part of our “Meet a bishop” series.

    Bishop Tom Berlin, a lifelong United Methodist who grew up near Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, credits his local church with creating a strong sense of community in his life. Following a call when he was a summer camp counselor, the 2022 elected bishop to the Florida Conference also is a prolific author. His newest book, “The Third Day: Living the Resurrection,” examines the lives of those most impacted by Jesus’ final days and how the transformative hope they found remains available for us 2000 years later.

    More information and a full transcript of this conversation are available here.

    Have a question or comment? Email us at gysis@umcom.org

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    • 36 min
    Wellness in 2024: Divine inspiration meets Wesleyan wisdom

    Wellness in 2024: Divine inspiration meets Wesleyan wisdom

    The topic of health and wellness isn’t new to the 21st century.

    Numerous Scriptures encourage us to take care of ourselves, reminding us that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, wrote a book on the topic titled “Primitive Physick,” and encouraged 18th century clergy to both care for their parishioners’ physical needs as much as their spiritual ones. Lorry Mpindu, a Global Health leader with The UMC’s General Board of Global Ministries, discusses the vital reasons the church needs to talk about all areas of health == the physical, mental and spiritual — to fulfill John 10:10 when Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.

    More information and a full transcript of this conversation are available here.

    Have a question or comment? Email us at gysis@umcom.org

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    • 32 min
    GC worship leader blends diversity and ministry

    GC worship leader blends diversity and ministry

    Serving as worship leader at The United Methodist Church’s General Conference is a feat that Raymond Trapp is embracing by offering music that both showcases the diversity of the church and also meets people at their point of need. Trapp shares insights into his musical strategy, his selfcare routine for the 11-day event and how he believes the General Conference theme of “And know that I am God” is not to be seen as a command, but rather as a reassurance to the entire denomination.

    More information and a full transcript of this conversation are available here.

    Have a question or comment? Email us at gysis@umcom.org

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    • 26 min
    When Christmas is blue: A guided meditation with Cindy Serio

    When Christmas is blue: A guided meditation with Cindy Serio

    ‘Tis the season for all things merry and bright. Except when you’re feeling sad, lonely and perhaps grieving. Retired United Methodist pastor Cindy Serio discusses why Christmas can be a challenging season for some folks and shares a guided meditation that acknowledges that you might feel blue at this time of the year while offering encouragement for finding hope, even on the longest night.

    Learn more about this episode at: https://www.umc.org/en/content/when-christmas-is-blue-a-guided-meditation-get-your-spirit-in-shape-ep-131

    Have questions or comments? Email us at gysis@umcom.org.

    • 21 min
    United Methodists combat HIV/AIDS with compassion and action

    United Methodists combat HIV/AIDS with compassion and action

    HIV and AIDS aren’t in the news much anymore as the western world has gained access to life-saving medications and cases have decreased. Despite the good news, the worldwide HIV/AIDS pandemic still exists, with the World Health Organization reporting a startling statistic: Of those people living with AIDS who don’t receive treatment, 95 percent die. On World AIDS Day, Dr. Douglas Smith, a United Methodist man who lives with AIDS, shares about the work of the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee and how all of us can be a loving presence in our communities and congregations for those people living with HIV/AIDS.

    More information and a full transcript of this conversation are available here.

    Have a question or comment? Email us at gysis@umcom.org

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    • 33 min

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