When I worked on the reproductive rights subcommittee at General Conference, we found that a great number of people from a huge variety of contexts, backgrounds, and beliefs could come to the table and discuss abortion in fruitful ways. We reached an impasse every time we tried to proscribe what doctors and patients should and should not do. But every time we refocused on who were were as United Methodists and how we were called to be in ministry before, during, and after crisis pregnancy, we were able to reach a closer consensus despite our vast differences. When we listened to each others' stories and asked what our proactive, loving, spiritual response should be, we could live in harmony. Despite our differences, Love was enough.
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
Here is the full text of the motion I made, as amended and adopted by the 2014 session of the New England Annual Conference: An Invitation The New England Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church strives to be an inclusive conference that celebrates, develops, and affirms God-given gifts for lay and ordained ministry. We… Continue reading An Invitation from the New England Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
Perhaps I thrive in what others call "broken homes." Not that I've had a lot of choice in the matter. A child of one divorce and a participant in another, it seems that separation is just part of my life. I can rage against it or not, but it simply is. I live in a… Continue reading A Call for In-Home Separation
One of my favorite parts of the tv show "The West Wing" that seems realistic to me is the refrain "what's next?" Used to change the subject, to close a conversation, to carry on with work, to recommit to tasks at hand, these two words return again and again in the script as the characters… Continue reading What’s Next?
Here we go again... A month after the Board of Ordained Ministry in Pennsylvania stripped Rev. Frank Schaefer of his ordination credentials for officiating at his son's wedding and refusing to state he would follow the entirety of the Book of Discipline in the future, the United Methodist Church is back at it again. The… Continue reading Let the penalty fix the “crime”
I'm thinking of a Dr. Seuss story about Whos today. No, not How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Although I'm feeling particularly non-Christmassy at the moment. Let's start there. Remember Rev. Frank Schaefer? He's the United Methodist pastor from Pennsylvania who officiated for the wedding of his son and his son's husband in 2007, only to… Continue reading We Are Here.
Days like today, I think about the denomination of The United Methodist Church, and why I’m a part of it. Days that follow trials and verdicts, personal vendetta turned to personhood- and livelihood- stripping arguments and actions make it hard to remember. There’s beautiful theology, and a structure that is imperfect but has room for… Continue reading Reasons I Stay…
Tim Schaefer takes the stand today. Tim's father, Rev. Frank Schaefer, was found guilty yesterday in a United Methodist Church trial for officiating at Tim's wedding to his similarly-gendered partner six years ago. An inactive member of Schaefer's church, angry because his mother and Schaefer had a disagreement which led to her being fired from… Continue reading The courage of couples
Earlier this month, I attended Reconciling Ministries Network's biennial Convocation. This year's event, Churchquake!, was held over Labor Day Weekend (hey, I'm trying to fit my thoughts in within the statute of limitations window!) in Chevy Chase, MD, and despite my long love affair with RMN, this was my first time attending Convo. I loved… Continue reading RMN Convocation- What I Loved