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.
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
(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
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.
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
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
This is the day that the Holy One has made. This is the day that we vote about homosexuality again, and grace again, and fear and violence again, and learn what will prevail in the eyes of the broken church. But it's just a day. Tomorrow is another. We are the church. Broken, limping, maimed.… Continue reading This is the day
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?
I mentioned that I happened to run into Adam Hamilton and Mike Slaughter a couple of nights ago. As is almost always the case, I thought of what I really wanted to say after I walked away. I wrote it down, and sent it to him as a letter. Can't hurt right? It's part of… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: If I could ask one question…
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