Shut the… Front Door!

There are few times in my life when I am literally at a loss for words (and these usually involved a loss by my beloved Alabama Crimson Tide–hence, why it is few and far between for me to be silent). Yet on Tuesday evening in the Plano Center at the conclusion of the North Texas [Read More...]

Some Advice from the Master Gardener…..

Yesterday, in an attempt to get some distance between me and the traumatic event now forever etched in my brain as—General Conference 2012, I decided to brave the Texas heat and work on my flowerbeds and ideas for the lawn. Isisas Barrario, my faithful landscape and lawn man for over 8 years, stood by me [Read More...]

And Jesus wept…

I don’t like crying. I hate it. Other than sex, it is one of those things that no one and I mean no one looks good actually doing (forget that Hollywood stuff). So when I found myself standing in the Plenary Hall of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, weeping uncontrollably, I knew [Read More...]

All but the shouting…

Well the Methodist Armageddon came and went by 12:30pm EST. The world didn’t end; the earth didn’t rattle; nor did Jesus come back (which would have been great all things considered but I think given the state of General Conference 2012, he wouldn’t have been given credentials to be seated anyway). By 12:33, every one [Read More...]

The Games we play….

Someone stopped me today in the Convention Center to ask me what I did for a living. I explained, “ I study organizations, their communication, and how they work.” The questioner just shook his head and said, “Boy I bet the last three days have really given you something to write about.” To that all [Read More...]

And the winner is…..

 “In the West it seems that everything is about winning and losing…..” Walking back across the bridge from the Convention Center tonite, the observation of my Central Conference friend kept ringing in my ears. Of course, I had to admit he was right. The go big or go home mentality pervades every aspect of our [Read More...]

It Ain’t Adam’s Fault

 I knew that the UMC’s foray into re-organization could have significant impact for agencies like the one on which I serve as a commissioner.  Yet as an organizational scholar, who is fascinated by Church changes (and break-ups), I knew that GC2012 was for Methodism, what 1979 was for the Southern Baptist Convention—a fork in the [Read More...]

Well..I’ve done it. Resisted for years. Clients and students begged but I said no. Perhaps I was inspired by SXSW and the great colleagues I met there discussing social media and its effects on religious organizations. Then again, it could be that I have had enough caffeine to finally take the plunge after years of just [Read More...]

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