Diary of a Delegate: Days Four and Five- Let me be full, let me be empty

When Bishop Weaver gave his episcopal address a few days ago, he concluded by inviting us to share in the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer, which contains the phrase "let me be full; let me be empty..." The past two days have been both full and empty.You'll note that I don't distinguish between the two days or… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Days Four and Five- Let me be full, let me be empty

Diary of a Delegate: Day One- of Worship and Wordsmithing

The first day of General Conference was a wild and fun ride for me (watch here). I'm an extrovert (obligatory pause while everyone who has ever met me offers a snide comment) and a church nerd (ditto), so I think I'm made to love certain aspects of General Conference. It's wonderful to see so many… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Day One- of Worship and Wordsmithing

Diary of a Delegate: Reproductive Rights and Doing no Harm

Like all legislative committees, Church and Society B will divide into subcommittees to handle the categories of our (rather massive) load of resolutions and petitions. Although I requested this committee because of my strong desire to see our church change its policy on homosexuality, there's a good chance I may volunteer for or be placed… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Reproductive Rights and Doing no Harm

Diary of a Delegate: in Opposition to Disaffiliation

... or, Why I Remain United Methodist In the midst of my preparations for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday this past week, I received a mailing sent to delegates of General Conference. It was a pamphlet entitled "In Support of Disaffiliation for Reasons of Conscience," speaking to a particular piece of legislation that… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: in Opposition to Disaffiliation

The Death Penalty and The United Methodist Church

In addition to being proud of my state, I am proud to be part of a denomination that takes a strong stance against the death penalty. On the subject of capital punishment, The United Methodist Church says: We believe the death penalty denies the power of Christ to redeem, restore and transform all human beings.… Continue reading The Death Penalty and The United Methodist Church

Letter to the Editor– Associated Press

An article appeared yesterday in the Associated Press with a headline that I felt was way off. Here is my letter to the editor of the AP. Dear Editor, I am writing to express my disappointment and anger over a very poorly worded headline "Was Fla. shooter a vigilante or good neighbor?" article by Mike… Continue reading Letter to the Editor– Associated Press

Diary of a Delegate: Homophobia and the sin of commission

When speaking of sin, we often separate into two categories: sins of commission (what we have done) and sins of omission (what we have left undone). It's about to get real frank up in here. I asked to be placed on the Church and Society 2 legislative committee for the United Methodist Church General Conference… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Homophobia and the sin of commission

Secret Diary of a Delegate- overview

Not that there's anything really secret about it. I think I just want to pretend I'm Billie Piper. I am a clergy delegate to the 2012 United Methodist General Conference. For my non-Methodist friends (I do have a few!), this is the once-every-four-years gathering of clergy and lay members of the United Methodist Church, elected… Continue reading Secret Diary of a Delegate- overview

Open Letter to Eat More Kale

I've known local "t-shirt guy" and EatMoreKale.com artist Bo Muller-Moore for a couple of years. Our daughters went to preschool together and are in the same grade (different classes) at school. Bo also volunteers as a driver for Meals on Wheels, which is a program that operates under the umbrella of the non-profit I chair,… Continue reading Open Letter to Eat More Kale

On Veteran’s Day

Yesterday afternoon, a 35-year-old veteran died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the middle of the Occupy Burlington encampment in City Park (read/view the stories from the local news and the AP). While many have been quick to rush to judgements and political statements about the occupy movement, my colleague Mark reminds us not to… Continue reading On Veteran’s Day