The Great Divorce: Tension and Schism in the UMC

This blog post is part of a synchblog today on the topic of schism in the UMC. Please share your thoughts here, on the DreamUMC website, on your blog or facebook page, and tonight at 9 pm eastern on Twitter as we chat together. ----- Sadly, I have recent experience with splitting up. It's not… Continue reading The Great Divorce: Tension and Schism in the UMC

In Loving Tension (of Ogletree, McLee, and the UMC)

I get headline notifications on my smartphone from both NBC news and the AP. This means that I can have Olympic results spoiled, know who won a country music award for music I dislike, and be in the know about the deaths of celebrities I've never heard of, all in nearly real time (which is… Continue reading In Loving Tension (of Ogletree, McLee, and the UMC)

Lenten Photo-a-Day Challenge, week 1

I'm participating in RethinkChurch's Lenten Photo-a-Day Challenge as a way to build some personal introspection (see, I'm engaging the season, albeit reluctantly!) and connect with others who are thinking about church outside the box. Each day there is a word-prompt (and a devotional, if you sign up for the email), with an invitation to post… Continue reading Lenten Photo-a-Day Challenge, week 1

Resetting an Open Holiday Table

as posted on the Reconciling Ministries Network blog Family legend tells that the year after my parents separated, my mom faced the prospect of her first Thanksgiving alone. She accepted an invitation to the home of a friend, and my family and I have been spending alternating Thanksgiving holidays with them ever since, adding spouses… Continue reading Resetting an Open Holiday Table

Jurisdictional Dreams

On July 23, DreamUMC hosted a Twitter Chat to reflect on the recent Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church. In my opinion, this was one of our most exciting and fruitful conversations so far. We began by asking people in Question 1 to name the highs and lows from their Jurisdictional gatherings, or from… Continue reading Jurisdictional Dreams

Faith and Fallacies

My Staff Parish Relations Committee and I worked on our evaluation form last night. We dutifully and fruitfully prayed about and discussed the sense of living into Jesus the vine, and then engaged the questions on the sheet. The first one gave us trouble. We felt like the wires were a little crossed. ... Not… Continue reading Faith and Fallacies

Diary of a Delegate: Jurisdictional What?

Howdy folks! After an early summer hiatus of laziness self care, I'm getting ready to head out next week to the 2012 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference. The what? Jurisdictional Conferences-- those regional gatherings of delegates from several annual conferences-- are like the poor, forgotten middle children in some weird family, who actually are the ones holding… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Jurisdictional What?