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Rev. Carter M. Grimmett

Rev. Carter M. Grimmett

Rev. Carter Grimmett is a native Detroiter, and the pastor at Peoples United Methodist Church in Detroit. Rev. Grimmett studied at the historic Tuskegee (Institute) University in Alabama majoring in social work; graduate school of social work at Wayne State University. Rev Grimmett earned his Masters of Divinity from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

Married to his childhood Friend Toni (Haper) Grimmett, the two have seven (7) children 26 grand-children (one on the way), and two great- grandchildren.

Living a healthy was not simply a lifestyle choice; chose but a lifesaving choice. A Vietnam veteran with the U.S. Army Intelligence Corp, and serving a combined 27years as a firefighter for the City of Detroit, and Ann Arbor living a healthy lifestyle has been a not only a major focus but a necessity.

His commitment to health extends beyond himself and his family. Rev. Grimmett was a founding board member of the Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation (JSCDC) and the organizations first Vice- President. The organization conducts community health screenings and operates a free health clinic in Detroit.

As a member of the Masters United States Track and Field Association (USATF) he has served as an USATF official at the state and national events.
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Rev. Grimmett served as the assistant coach for Renaissance High School girl's track and field team for 12 years in Detroit and has taught Masters level race walking, as well as sharing the joys of "Sit Down and Get Down" aerobics.

In addition to his pastoral responsibilities Rev. Grimmett has served his denomination as fitness instructor for the 2011 Michigan Area School of Pastoral Ministry.

Thursday, 19 July 2012 16:02

Spiritual and Physical Health

As we begin this first conversation on spirituality and health it is appropriate to make some observations and set some expectations for our conversation. I want this to be a positive, honest and shared experience; not a one way, "you tell me everything" blog. I will be making suggestions; pointing out issues that we often refuse to face as well as asking you to share struggles and successes as it relates to your body and your health.

Christian Stewardship is not just about managing money, or our environmental responsibility, it is also about managing our health.

We know how important it is to establish a routine of prayer, study, praise and spiritual practices and habits. We know how important it is to live a "Christian Life". We are often intentional in our efforts, and we draw strength from our personal relationship in Jesus Christ and the support from our body of Christ, the church. So why is there such a big disconnect in our faith journey when it comes to faithful stewardship of our spiritual temples, "our bodies".

We can easily and rightfully, "blame it on the devil". We can't see the adversary at work because "the devil is in the details" and we are busy looking at the big picture.

In the church we often talk about good health. We host an array of health initiatives, activities and screenings. In an effort to be biblical we search the bible to find scriptural support for special dietary practices, from fasting to the "Daniel Diet" (fruit and water diet).

BUT THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS!

The African American communities in the United States have the highest rate of High blood pressure, strokes, diabetes and obesity. The African American population in Detroit has one of the highest obesity rates in the country.

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS!

With our great intentions to support good health, we pat ourselves on the back about how many at risk people we found in our heath fair screening, then we reward ourselves and celebrate with a church or community wide fried fish, fried chicken, and bar-b-que rib dinners!

With a significant number of congregants afflicted with these issues, we must model the spiritual health behavior that supports the community and the church for seeking a fuller and more complete life in Christ. The bible provides scripture and guidance regarding our treatment of our bodies and living both a spiritual and healthy life. It is imperative that we understand that living a life that is obedient to God's word does include living in a way that honors and respects the vessels that we have been blessed to inhabit.

While we cannot cover everything in one or two blogs, I will encourage you to share your thoughts with each other and vent your frustrations as you seek help support and understanding, but try not to make excuses. With that being said, I trust that this blog will provide some observations and helpful information which may, in part on whole be a reality in your faith life and spiritual setting and assist you in moving towards a more healthy lifestyle.

Be in the Spirit.

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