Why I Don’t Like Labels: A Personal Story

I try to balance staying aware with not getting sucked into social media debates.  This week I failed.  On three separate UM groups, I saw these words: “extreme conservative evangelical” “gatekeeper” “white male” just concerned with protecting “white male” privilege.” Before you protest that I’m just another white male conservative angry about being called out, […]

The Annual Conference is Still the Basic Unit and Why It Really Matters

To date, I have taken a pass on signing on to any of the various proposals offered to resolve some of the woes of our United Methodist Church.  One of the main reasons I have not – which I’ve publicly expressed – is that I don’t know how any future organization of the denomination will […]

Saying “Yes” to the Appointment Process

(This blog is an updated post from 3 years ago [2/27/2010], as I reflected then about the significance of the time of year for United Methodist clergy going through appointment changes.  Appointment time in United Methodism is always a little nerve-wracking for everybody involved.)   It’s appointment season again in the United Methodist Church.  Cabinet […]

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