Month: May 2016

GC2016 — Four Unpainted Corners

Drawing on the saying “we’ve painted ourselves in a corner,” I want to offer a metaphor/analogy.  Imagine if you will a ballroom.  Large, open, massive space, with a sizeable floor.  Four groups begin in the middle of the room to paint the floor, each moving in different directions toward a […]

GC2016 — Day Seven, Monday

Deja vu, all over again.  Informally polling people on their feelings about launching into week 2 of General Conference, I am encountering a great deal of ambivalence, frustration, and a “here we go again” vibe.  Expectations are very low, fear and anxiety very high, and a wariness that we may […]

GC2016 — Day Six, Sunday

A nice thing happened as we were leaving legislative committee last night.  Two African men stopped me to thank me for “not treating us like we are mentally defective.”  I asked what they meant, and they told me that many people have treated them in patronizing and demeaning ways.  I […]

GC2016 — A Tale of Two Conferences

People are perceiving very different lived realities at General Conference.  I am writing what I experience and observe, but I admit freely it is only my opinion.  Many people are leaving feedback directly on the blog, but I am also receiving emails, tweets, texts, and face-to-face feedback — mostly disagreeing […]

GC2016 — We Have a New Story to Tell

Jesus died young by today’s standards, in his early thirties.  I wonder what our church would look like today if mandatory retirement age was 33?  What if our thirty-year-olds ran the church?  Too often, we act like they lack experience and knowledge, wisdom and leadership skills.  In short, we would […]

GC2016 — Day Five

It is amazing to watch various individuals and coalitions try to manipulate our processes, especially when things go against their opinion or will.  I am not singling anyone out — many people engage in this conniving behavior for a wide variety of reasons, and I am confident that all of […]