Could Diverse and Especially Female Clergy Be What Is Killing the UMC?

A third reason the UMC is dying may be because of a thorny issue we don’t want to acknowledge: the decision to be more inclusive with ordination and especially bring female clergy to positions of highest leadership.  After a one-year stint as a professional Mystery Worshiper, I would say that the LDS (Mormon) web presence is [Read More…]

After an LDS Visit, I Wonder if Female Clergy are the Problem

A third reason the UMC is dying may be something we don’t want to acknowledge: the decision to ordain women and bring female clergy to positions of highest leadership.  As a professional Mystery Worshiper, I would say that the LDS web presence is possibly the least visitor-friendly site I’ve seen. The services are lackluster, noisy and [Read More…]

Missing Babies, Feral Males, “Smokin’ Hot Wives” and Female Appointments

A little background here before I weave together some threads of thought. Sex Selective Abortions First, look at issue of sex-selective abortions and female infanticide. These are major issues especially in India and China.  For multiple financial and cultural reasons, many families have a strong preference for male babies over female babies.  The growing availability [Read More…]

The Problem with Female Pastors

Here’s a to an article in Christianity Today, a well-known and well-regarded publication, about a visiting pastor in Finland being charged with criminal discrimination because he refused to serve with a female pastor. This article provoked a number of comments. Below is one of them, copied exactly as it was written from the comments page: [Read More…]