As the UMC tries to figure out how to be a uniquely global democratic church, one of the ways to give feedback into changes to the Worldwide Nature of the Church is to fill out this survey by August 31st, 2014.
Archives for August 2014
There’s several official resources out that offer some content and starters for clergy and congregations who are choosing to preach or teach or organize on an upcoming Sunday on the topic of Ferguson and the killing of Mike Brown. First, the General Board of Discipleship has released a document “Preaching about the Shooting of Michael Brown” that offers […]
Why is it easier as a straight ally to write on LGBTQ issues, but harder as a white ally to write about racism? And should you?
A sample lesson for a Sunday School class that examines the hymnody in a sample worship service and how many different “types” of resurrection is in a single worship service! Includes discussion, examples, and takeaways.
It’s my 35th birthday and thus an excuse to share our “Top Eight” posts about young clergy issues in the past four years.
A behind-closed-doors discussion of Hamilton/Slaughter’s “A Way Forward” offers some perspective that progressives and extreme center folks should pay attention to.
In the United Methodist Church, there’s always been some power struggles between Bishops and large churches in their area. What is different today is that these large churches are organizing, targeting, and pressuring Bishops who are not even in their regions.
Large Churches and Bishops have butted heads since the dawn of the UMC. What is different today is that these large churches are organizing, targeting, and pressuring Bishops who are not even in their region–with devastating results for everyone.
The Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly (GYPCLA for you Methodist nerds) is an every-four-years gathering of young adults (clergy and laity) from United Methodist regions across the world. It was recently held last month in the Philippines during a hurricane. From reading stories and having conversations with folks who went, it seems to have been a […]
It took only 13 years for the word “encyclopedia” to mean “Wikipedia” and the values of Wikipedia (openness and equality) to become the values of the entire Internet itself. Can it take only 13 years for the word “Church” to no longer refer to places of exclusion and harm, but instead refer to people of inclusion and grace?