Fragments for the Fragmented

Late last week, I was contacted by fellow pastor and blogger Drew "Pastor Mack," who was planning to write about the communion witness in which I participated at General Conference on May 3. He asked for my permission and to further pick my brain a bit, which I gladly granted, and I feel that his… Continue reading Fragments for the Fragmented

I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…

Monday night was magic. We had our first Twitter Chat for #DreamUMC, the conversation born out of the strong desire to keep shaping the future of our denomination in the wake of General Conference. You can read the full archive of the chat here, or you can view bullet points of answers to the questions… Continue reading I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…

I’m still here

And that's a choice. I'm a Taurus (in fact-- shameless plug for well wishes-- my birthday is tomorrow). If you believe anything at all about astrology, that should tell you that I am stubborn. Perhaps my decision yet again to remain United Methodist in the wake of the past two weeks is simply a manifestation… Continue reading I’m still here

Diary of a Delegate: in the end, Hope.

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.

Diary of a Delegate: TwitterSermon

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

Diary of a Delegate: Day Two – bad roller coaster

Wednesday was a day of highs and lows, which will probably be a theme for General Conference in, um, general. We began the day with three main addresses, one each from the episcopacy (the Council of Bishops), the laity, and the young people of the church. New England Conference’s Bishop, Pete Weaver, began the day… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Day Two – bad roller coaster

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: Who are the Bullies? (a call for repentence)

Last week I mentioned on facebook/Twitter that I was wearing pink as part of Pink Shirt Day, a movement to help raise awareness about bullying (here's one article that gives a little background about why pink shirts). At the time I wrote that wearing a pink shirt was not all I planned to do to… Continue reading Diary of a Delegate: Who are the Bullies? (a call for repentence)

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

What’s wrong with this picture?

A friend of mine on Facebook pointed out this telling picture from a recent United Methodist News Source story, and the way it captures the heart of the problem with the restructuring proposals coming out of the Call to Action (which I've critiqued here and for which I offered a different approach). The flip chart… Continue reading What’s wrong with this picture?