Diary of a Delegate: Two megachurch pastors walk into a bar

Given my previous post, it should come as no surprise that the highlight of my day yesterday was going out to an open air bar with some friends, old and new. It was a gorgeous night and we found a great spot to hang out. When we walked in, one member of our group noticed… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Two megachurch pastors walk into a bar

Diary of a Delegate: Days Four and Five- Let me be full, let me be empty

When Bishop Weaver gave his episcopal address a few days ago, he concluded by inviting us to share in the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer, which contains the phrase "let me be full; let me be empty..." The past two days have been both full and empty.You'll note that I don't distinguish between the two days or… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Days Four and Five- Let me be full, let me be empty

Diary of a Delegate: Day Three – Tears

Yes, I know. Technically, I could subtitle any day at General Conference, or anywhere else for that matter, with that word. I'm a crier. It's me. But Thursday there were more tears than usual. I'll give a shout out to Adam Hamilton, who after a lot of critique of the proposal he helped present, agreed… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Day Three – Tears

Diary of a Delegate: Day Two – bad roller coaster

Wednesday was a day of highs and lows, which will probably be a theme for General Conference in, um, general. We began the day with three main addresses, one each from the episcopacy (the Council of Bishops), the laity, and the young people of the church. New England Conference’s Bishop, Pete Weaver, began the day… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Day Two – bad roller coaster

Diary of a Delegate: Day One- of Worship and Wordsmithing

The first day of General Conference was a wild and fun ride for me (watch here). I'm an extrovert (obligatory pause while everyone who has ever met me offers a snide comment) and a church nerd (ditto), so I think I'm made to love certain aspects of General Conference. It's wonderful to see so many… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Day One- of Worship and Wordsmithing

Diary of a Delegate: Reproductive Rights and Doing no Harm

Like all legislative committees, Church and Society B will divide into subcommittees to handle the categories of our (rather massive) load of resolutions and petitions. Although I requested this committee because of my strong desire to see our church change its policy on homosexuality, there's a good chance I may volunteer for or be placed… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Reproductive Rights and Doing no Harm

Diary of a Delegate: End– or Beginning– in Sight

It's my last official day of work before General Conference. The phone is ringing constantly with church work and with people calling delegates for last minute legislative pitches. It's actually kind of fun in a strange, stressful way. Here online, I want to give another thanks to UM Insight for reposting my thoughts on bullying… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: End– or Beginning– in Sight