Bullying and humanity at General Conference

First off, I'm aware that I didn't witness what happened tonight in person. Mark Miller, one of the UMC General Conference worship leaders who is gay, stood up and gave an emotional speech about a climate of bullying that he saw taking place in the legislative sub-committee conversations about homosexuality. He was ruled out of order when he asked other delegates to stand with him by a bishop who then prayed for the situation. Not being privy to what did or didn't take place, I can only say that … [Read more...]

Anxiety vs. Kingdom in the United Methodist Church

I've been following the "Call to Action" debate on the twitter feeds from the Methodist General Conference. I realize that I'm just a scrub barely two years out of seminary. I still believe in theories; I still believe that fasting and prayer is the best approach to discerning God's will. I've never had any training in systems theory or corporate organizational effectiveness. I'm the product of what the pundits malign when they say that seminaries should teach pastors practical managerial skills … [Read more...]