Called Anew

Called Anew

As I listen around the conference, I hear anxiety and frustration about the future of our church. What is going on? Is anything happening? Should we stay? Should we leave? The sense is that the outcome of the 2019 General Conference has changed The United Methodist...
Fully Rely on God

Fully Rely on God

The cheers of Palm Sunday will soon turn into the jeers of Good Friday and once again we have entered Holy Week. In this week, we re-hear, re-live and re-experience the passion story of Jesus Christ. We begin with the excitement and celebration of Palm Sunday where we...
We the People, Ours the Journey

We the People, Ours the Journey

“Compassion is the fragrance of love. Love is the flower. How do you know there is love? There is compassion.” These words were shared by the survivor of the Carlton fire in Washington as he received his new home.[i] How do people know the love of Christ? They...
An Urgent Need in Our District

An Urgent Need in Our District

A young man who looked about the age of my daughters (mid to late-20s), stepped to the microphone at a recent meeting. Eddie shared that about 20 years ago when he was 4, he and his mother came to the United States. Like so many today, they came on foot. They were...
What I would have said…

What I would have said…

At our recent General Conference, the body passed the Traditional Plan which toughens the stance against same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy and the penalties for defying them. I stayed up late one night writing some thoughts I felt compelled to share during the...

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