Top-down polity v. bottom-up policy [bad.hack]

A bad.hack (read more about it here) is a manipulation of a Christian system either using illicit means to achieve an end, or achieving goals that leave the system worse off and less open than before. Read on for the hack! At General Conference, one item that was hotly debated was a motion to add […]

Meditation: Post-GC Faithful Protest

On the last day of GC, Karen Oliveto nudged me towards this poem by Italian writer Carlo Carretto. I hope it means as much to you as it does to me! How much I criticize you, my church,and yet how much I love you!You have made me suffer more than anyone,and yet I owe more […]

Homophobia Begats Sexual Violence

A bad.hack (read more about it here) is a manipulation of a Christian system either using illicit means to achieve an end, or achieving goals that leave the system worse off and less open than before. Read on for the hack! Homophobia leads to weakened witness against sexual violence. Hear that again: Homophobia in the […]

UMC no longer making disciples [mission.hack]

A mission.hack is defined here. We look at mission statements or at mission initiatives and examine different ways of expressing them. Hacking them…if you will. The United Methodist Church at General Conference 2008 just voted to no longer make disciples of Jesus Christ. In other words, the mission statement of the UMC was previously “to […]

How to Reconcile "narrowly passed" doctrines [G2008]

At GC2008, I got two flyers today: one from a renewal group and one from a caucus group. I was struck by two very similar statement from these very different groups. From the renewal group regarding abortion: After the 1972 General Conference narrowly approved legalized abortion… And from the caucus group regarding gay inclusion: In […]

PhoneGate at GC2008: free cellphones? [bad.hack]

A bad.hack (read more about it here) is a manipulation of a Christian system either using illicit means to achieve an end, or achieving goals that leave the system worse off and less open than before. Read on for the hack! MethoFolks, listen up. This is a big post. I’ve got plenty of links and […]

Language of Insiders? [worship.hack]

a worship.hack (defined here) is a proposed change or question of the way worship typically works to open it up to more people, either in substance or in style. Read on for relevant critiques of worship! I took two very dear friends to their first Reconciling worship service…it was the one at General Conference. They […]

Slow updates y’all

There’s much more at GC to feel passionate about and actually have hands on time with than there is time to blog about it. Oh, and I lent my camera to a friend who will actually take pics with it. When I get more time, I’ll blog more. However, Monday’s post is a DOOZIE. Alreday […]

General Conference Coverage

So, General Conference starts today. All your favorite bloggers are there (or will be there…I don’t get there until Friday). Out of all the updates and commentary by bloggers, pundits, and John Wesley himself, what can you expect here at HX.net? For those of you that are not Methodist or are solely interested in the […]

General Conference and General Motors

I was asked on Sunday the following: Why do Methodists love their committees so much that they would gather for a full week of committess? It seems like that many Methodists could do good works and charity instead of sitting around and talking. Indeed, the questioner is correct, we could take that week and thousands […]