The Western Jurisdiction is small, scrappy, and hungry amidst the United Methodist Church, but don’t let the false rhetoric and “playing with figures” keep us from loving the Church.
If the Institution is anti-movement and the Movement is too anti-institution, perhaps there’s a real Third Way to reframe the entire United Methodist effort.
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and I believe writing about the state of the church will bring change to the church. I believe a holistic Methodist Church is the best hope for Christianity in the post-Christian future–and we can get there together.
2014 was the year that Methodism 2.0 was came to be a viable metaphor for the United Methodist Church. But what is the endgame and how can we sustain the movement together?
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?
Methodism 2.0 has come out in some areas of the country. It’s the same as 1.0, but supports the full inclusion of LGBT people.