Month: May 2012

Winding Down & Wrapping Up

Okay, friends, what have we learned?  First, General Conference is hard.  It is emotionally, physically and spiritually taxing.  It demands a Herculean amount of concentration and effort, sifting and sorting and making sense of thousands (literally) of pages of very […]

Back to the Future

I have endeared myself once again to the powers that be.  When asked about my impression of the Plan UMC, I described it as “a resurrection of the General Council on Ministries with its delusions of grandeur fulfilled,” and some […]

To Rainbow or Not To Rainbow…

I am as divided as my General Conference on today’s protest by the Lesbian/Gay /Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) nonviolent demonstration at GC.  Here is proof positive that non-violence can still be disruptive.  Whether it was effective is another matter.  As for me, I […]

Green Light Plan UMC

Anyone in any kind of planning process knows that a normal and natural progression is from “what we want” to “what we need” to “what we absolutely can’t live without” to “what we can live with.”  We arrived today at […]

Safety in Numbness

Okay, here’s an idea.  We keep paying lip service to our commitment to young leadership and the need to attract and receive more young people into the church.  So, for the remainder of General Conference I propose we take two votes […]

Value-Addled

I have heard the rumor that General Conference costs the UMC $1,500 a minute.  Framed in terms of investment, this is problematic.  What value are we getting from this investment?  So far, we have changed little.  The tinkering we have […]

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