Our gifts of charity–no matter how amplified–do not change the systems that create grinding poverty or injustice.
Archives for 2013
Last month it was all the rage to talk about online communion (#onlinecommunion) in the United Methodist Church. Papers were written, a summit was called, twitter tweeted, and some outsiders looked on with either wonder or disgust. The end result: there were too many issues that made online communion problematic for the moment. A moratorium was […]
It’s helpful to see how Hell is depicted in popular media because it is often wrapped in moral lessons that apply whether you believe in Hell or not. And in this case, it’s awesome.
Last night at DreamUMC we asked “Who are we not hearing about? Who are the silent casualties of our disciplinary processes? How can we do better?” The responses blew me away.
While pastors enjoy a tax privilege in the Parish Exemption, most stories ignore the tax burden that is placed on them from being forced to identify as self-employed.
The following is a guest post from a Facebook clergy who posted this list online. This is in response to the Frank Shaefer trial where he was convicted of performing a wedding for his son Tim to his male partner. The punishment is a 30 day suspension that will be lifted at the end if […]
As a local church HR dispute goes global, is this simply a dispute over what lengths will a father or son will go to for their child or parent?
The wonder of Twitter is that a seemingly innocuous tweet can turn into a riot because of the lenses that folks use to twist tweets into predetermined categories. I just got back from Exploration 2013, a discernment event for young adults considering ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church. It was a terrific weekend full […]
At the morning worship on Saturday at Exploration 2013, a discernment event for young adults considering ordained ministry, we heard from Rev. Dr. Beth La Rocca-Pitts. She spoke about how her journey from Catholicism to Methodism was heavy impacted by how the church gave theological meaning to her developmentally-disabled sibling, many gay friends, and ultimately her sense […]
On my hotel floor at Exploration 2013, a discernment event for young adults considering ordained ministry, there’s a rotary phone next to the elevators. And in a way, the phone is a symbol of what this weekend could look like for these young adults. You know what a rotary phone is, right? It is old […]