Letter to my Congregation

Dear Church Family at Lebanon UMC, The most important thing I want to say is this: Nothing, nothing, nothing in all of creation can separate us from God's love (Romans 8:38-39). This is true for all of us, but it is especially important to say it to folks in our congregation, community, and families who… Continue reading Letter to my Congregation

General Conference media

Here is a compiled list of my comments and reflections at/after General Conference: An article in the Valley News, where both Sean and I were interviewed after General Conference. I gave an interview on New England Public Radio, which you can listen to┬áhere. I gave a slightly more raw statement to our Conference communication director… Continue reading General Conference media

Speaking Against the Simple Plan

What??? Yes, you read that correctly. On Monday at General Conference, I spoke *against* the Simple Plan, which would have removed all restrictions against LGBTQ+ people from the Book of Discipline. I did this for several reasons: 1. Truly, the Simple Plan stops short of doing good. It simply would remove discrimination from our polity,… Continue reading Speaking Against the Simple Plan

Sermon: Beyond the Worry

"Beyond the Worry" (February 17, 2019) As I prepare to travel to the Called Session of The United Methodist Church, I am not alone in feeling worry about the future of our denomination. But if God cares for the birds and the flowers, perhaps God gives us something inherently human, which will provide for us… Continue reading Sermon: Beyond the Worry