Diary of a Delegate: Link Dump

Here's some stuff to read and listen to and share. "Twitter and Guaranteed Appointment" radio interview (Laura Allen, United Methodist News Service) "United Methodist Bishops Must Take Action Against Protesters" (Rick Silva, Boston Observer) General Conference main site with lots of pictures and video and information (umc.org) Legislation I literally wrote (as the recording secretary… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Link Dump

Diary of a Delegate: Yeah, so that happened

Earlier this week I tweeted: just because it's expected doesn't make it hurt any less. We-- whoever "we" are-- did not expect to win any ground on the church's position about homosexuality this quadrennium. But I'm a believer in the resurrection promise. That sometimes means that I every so often and ever so naively hold… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Yeah, so that happened

Diary of a Delegate: Dude, where’s my church?

Sisters and brothers, I don't even know what day it is. I think about 3 days of legislation have passed since last I posted. They weren't good days for me and the people I care about. It seems that progressives make up about 40% of the voting body on just about anything. Other people have… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Dude, where’s my church?

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: 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