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Dan R. Dick

I am the lead pastor at People's United Methodist Church in the Wisconsin Conference of The United Methodist Church, husband of my beautiful wife, Barbara, dad to my fantastic son, Josh and his wife Caroline, step-dad to my phenomenal son, Greg, his wife Hannah and our fabulous/glorious/perfect granddaughter Evie, author of seventeed books on spirituality, stewardship, congregational development, research, and spiritual gifts discovery, and an advocate for a more loving, inclusive church for the 21st century and beyond.

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 […]

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.  […]