Being a Good Steward of Your Body

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Food, Simple or Easy

By Betsy Schwarzentraub | July 24, 2015

Living more simply is not necessarily living more easily. In fact, it often means putting in more time and effort to do things the old-fashioned way. Take food, for instance – finding it, preparing it, cooking it – choosing more natural, organic foods, without preservatives, fillers, or radiation that kills the “food” part of the…

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Our Bodies on the Line

By Betsy Schwarzentraub | June 29, 2015

I want the donut, but do I reach for vegetables instead? It depends on my mood, stress level, self-image at the moment, all kinds of things. And to my anything-goes appetite, it feels like this question is way too personal. But why not? Paul tells us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit,…

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Creating Community

By Betsy Schwarzentraub | May 19, 2015

Recently I went to an outdoor memorial to celebrate the life of a friend. She had multiple interests and participated in several different groups. Hearing different people speak about her life, I marveled at how she had the gift of cultivating community wherever she went. Sometimes a sense of community develops quickly among people with…

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Cancer Lessons in Grace

By Betsy Schwarzentraub | April 30, 2015

The diagnosis of breast cancer came as a shock. It took several weeks before that wore off, and it occasionally returns at new bends in the road. But the cancer was caught very early and after surgery remained at Stage 1. Even so, there’s radiation ahead (gratefully missing out on chemo) and hormone therapy for…

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By Betsy Schwarzentraub | January 21, 2014

Most things in life are not rocket science. They’re more a matter of persistence and consistent behavior. That doesn’t make living a good life easy, but it does make it possible. Health habits are a good example, including food and exercise. I’m a Lifetime Weight Watcher. That means I weigh in at least once a…

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Body and Soul Program

By Betsy Schwarzentraub | December 7, 2010

“We all have challenges to body and soul. While we cannot control every factor in our lives, we can make choices that support health and move us closer to the abundant life God intends for us . . . .” With these words, the Rev. Odette Lockwood-Stewart, pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church in Berkeley,…

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