D.C.-Bound

This week, I am heading for Washington, D.C., to the United Methodist Building. Did you know that The United Methodist Church owns a building next door to the Supreme Court? We do, and it's pretty amazing. It's the home of The UMC's General Board of Church and Society, and there I will be receiving some… Continue reading D.C.-Bound

The Great Divorce: Tension and Schism in the UMC

This blog post is part of a synchblog today on the topic of schism in the UMC. Please share your thoughts here, on the DreamUMC website, on your blog or facebook page, and tonight at 9 pm eastern on Twitter as we chat together. ----- Sadly, I have recent experience with splitting up. It's not… Continue reading The Great Divorce: Tension and Schism in the UMC

In Loving Tension (of Ogletree, McLee, and the UMC)

I get headline notifications on my smartphone from both NBC news and the AP. This means that I can have Olympic results spoiled, know who won a country music award for music I dislike, and be in the know about the deaths of celebrities I've never heard of, all in nearly real time (which is… Continue reading In Loving Tension (of Ogletree, McLee, and the UMC)

Diary of a Delegate: Northeast Jurisdiction recap

I've been home from the Northeast Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church for a little over a week and a half, and I'm still mentally unpacking (although I actually did unpack my suitcase after almost a week). As I wrote earlier, I did have some hopes and dreams for NEJ. From my perspective, the… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Northeast Jurisdiction recap

Diary of a Delegate: Jurisdictional What?

Howdy folks! After an early summer hiatus of laziness self care, I'm getting ready to head out next week to the 2012 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference. The what? Jurisdictional Conferences-- those regional gatherings of delegates from several annual conferences-- are like the poor, forgotten middle children in some weird family, who actually are the ones holding… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Jurisdictional What?

Fragments for the Fragmented

Late last week, I was contacted by fellow pastor and blogger Drew "Pastor Mack," who was planning to write about the communion witness in which I participated at General Conference on May 3. He asked for my permission and to further pick my brain a bit, which I gladly granted, and I feel that his… Continue reading Fragments for the Fragmented

I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…

Monday night was magic. We had our first Twitter Chat for #DreamUMC, the conversation born out of the strong desire to keep shaping the future of our denomination in the wake of General Conference. You can read the full archive of the chat here, or you can view bullet points of answers to the questions… Continue reading I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…

Sermon: Tell God Your Plans (GC2012)

"Tell God Your Plans" (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… Continue reading Sermon: Tell God Your Plans (GC2012)

I’m still here

And that's a choice. I'm a Taurus (in fact-- shameless plug for well wishes-- my birthday is tomorrow). If you believe anything at all about astrology, that should tell you that I am stubborn. Perhaps my decision yet again to remain United Methodist in the wake of the past two weeks is simply a manifestation… Continue reading I’m still here