Month: May 2016

GC2016 — Does Majority Make Right?

I maintain there is a flaw in our system.  General Conference is trying to dictate human worth and dignity through legislative action.  We are voting on who deserves and who does not.  We are Robert’s Ruling the value of a human life and the love of God.  Shame on us.  […]

GC2016 — Day Four

A commitment to look for the good.  A time to focus on the positive. I don’t want to give a completely one-sided view of my General Conference experience.  There is much grace and goodness here.  I want to share some stories that I find very hopeful and inspirational. A woman […]

GC2016 — Sing Out, Out of Sync

Do United Methodists listen to the words they sing in worship?  We have some incredible hymns, sacred songs, praise songs, and spirituals.  They paint a picture of true paradise.  Songs of love, songs of hope, songs of kindness and mercy.  Hymns of adoration and praise.  Hymns of reconciliation and unity.  […]

GC2016 — Consensus Confusion

Oh, my.  Seek first to understand.  Our General Conference proposed Rule 44, a process for Christian conversation that allows everyone to be part of small group interaction to generate a multi-layered and multi-faceted response to key legislation.  The United Methodist Church has painted itself into a corner by so poorly […]

GC2016 — Day Three

Ah, here we go again.  Yesterday, in the selection of legislative committee leadership, our true colors came out.  A fair, open system for selecting the best leaders or a contrived process where various special interest groups manipulate the process to get “their” candidate elected?  Guess.  So far, manipulation, is the […]

GC2016 — What Are Rules For?

A question United Methodists seem to love to hate is about our rules.  Are our rules, mainly delineated for us in our Book of Discipline, made to be followed or to be broken?  Are rules absolute and unquestionable or are our rules evolving and bendable?  Why have rules if we […]