GC2016 — Day Eight, Tuesday

This General Conference has been a true test of what exactly we mean by “united” in United Methodist Church.  What’s in a name?  Is the “united” merely a carryover from our Evangelical United Brethren heritage, and therefore not a descriptive term? Is it an appellation that sounds fine, but has […]

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 […]