Diary of a Delegate: in the end, Hope.

In the Greek myth of Pandora's Box (from Hesiod's Works and Days), Pandora opens a container from which all the world's evils spill, never to be contained. But there is a glimmer of possibility, because last of all things in the box is the most powerful force: hope. Perhaps for those of you who attended… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: in the end, Hope.

Diary of a Delegate: rebuttal – Some More Equal than Others

I received a comment on my last post (and have received several mentions on Twitter) decrying my efforts with my colleagues as overly political, pushing an agenda, and even Machiavellian or Orwellian. My commenter wrote: "The only totalitarianism is the 'progressive' caucus forcing their will on the rest of the church. Disgraceful." Let me be… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: rebuttal – Some More Equal than Others

Diary of a Delegate: She Moves in Mysterious Ways

(continued from previous post) When Judicial Ruling 1210 was handed down at about 4:15 pm on Friday (with the General Conference scheduled to recess at 5 and then return for a two-hour legislative session before adjournment), creative chaos ensued. One of my fellow Church and Society B committee members called for a five minute recess,… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: She Moves in Mysterious Ways

Diary of a Delegate: And on the Tenth Day, the Spirit Arrived.

Friends, you heard my pain, frustration, brokenness and even some anger in my last post. The people I care about and the issues and petitions that mattered to us took terrible hits over the first nine and a half days of General Conference. Yes, we failed to change the UMC's policy on homosexuality being incompatible… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: And on the Tenth Day, the Spirit Arrived.

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: TwitterSermon

I had a very strange experience last night. I preached a sermon on Twitter. It had been a very hard day (more on that another time) and I had left the voting area (called the bar-- not a social establishment for beverage!), and sat for a time with some friends, members of the GLBTQ and… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: TwitterSermon