Do United Methodists listen to the words they sing in worship? We have some incredible hymns, sacred songs, praise songs, and spirituals. They paint a picture of true paradise. Songs of love, songs of hope, songs of kindness and mercy. Hymns of adoration and praise. Hymns of reconciliation and unity. […]
Oh, my. Seek first to understand. Our General Conference proposed Rule 44, a process for Christian conversation that allows everyone to be part of small group interaction to generate a multi-layered and multi-faceted response to key legislation. The United Methodist Church has painted itself into a corner by so poorly […]
Ah, here we go again. Yesterday, in the selection of legislative committee leadership, our true colors came out. A fair, open system for selecting the best leaders or a contrived process where various special interest groups manipulate the process to get “their” candidate elected? Guess. So far, manipulation, is the […]
A question United Methodists seem to love to hate is about our rules. Are our rules, mainly delineated for us in our Book of Discipline, made to be followed or to be broken? Are rules absolute and unquestionable or are our rules evolving and bendable? Why have rules if we […]
It’s odd that a movement founded when John Wesley “felt [his] heart strangely warmed” has gained such a contempt for the heart. We talk about having a quadrilateral for our spiritual discernment: scripture, tradition, reason, and experience, but some conservative United Methodists want to banish experience from this list because it draws upon bleeding heart, flighty feelings [Read More…]
The Judicial Council has affirmed what opponents of PlanUMC have pointed out all along: the command and control elements that are integral to PlanUMC are unconstitutional.
Dawn Wiggins Hare, General Secretary of the Commission on the Status and Role of Women, recently asked a series of excellent questions in her article opposing Plan UMC Revised. I answer her questions here to explain why I support it. “Politics is not the art of the possible; it consists in choosing between the disastrous […]
Four years ago, at the 2012 General Conference, The MethoBlog partnered with another organization to create a site dedicated to bloggers on the ground in Tampa. That site, GC2012Conversations.com was well received, with thousands of persons visiting the site each day. This year we our integrating those conversations into our regular MethoBlog site through our GC2016 […]