Lifting the bread and cup. Photo from UMNS
(May 13, 2012) Reflecting on the United Methodist Church’s General Conference, much of it seemed to me to be a lesson in how God works outside of our plans, expectations, and categories. In the face of a wily and wild Holy Spirit, who refuses to be contained by little things like place of origin or status as delegate, who is willing to withhold the grace of God from those upon whom the Spirit has been poured? (Acts 10:44-48)
powerfully present in spirit with me today were the people who had been with me in the moment, and/or who had helped me with some sermon crafting details. Most especially: Gregory (for lifting the cup), Leigh, Steve, JoAnn and Annie (for weeping with me– on camera), Jeremy S, Karen O and Laura Y (for information now as then), my NE delegation and UNY “step” delegation and volunteers (for being you), Kristen, Justin, and Chett (for laughter through tears), and Sean (for friendship that doesn’t fit inside parentheses).
I used a handful of photos on screen during the sermon, illustrating the chaos, brokenness, and tears of General Conference.
Non-delegates just outside the bar. Photo by UMNS
The progressive ad hoc caucus huddles at the communion table (picture from afar by Laura Young)
Steve and Leigh Dry do the only thing one can do in the face of such brokenness. Photo by UMNS
JoAnn, Annie, and I share communion in the midst of the Body’s brokenness. Photo from the UMNS.
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