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.  […]

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.  […]