Looking for My Family

Imagine this scene: a group of twenty or so United Methodist leaders are gathered in a circle for the opening prayer of a weekend training in spiritual formation.  The leader begins with asking each member of the group to center

How Do We Think about Israel/Palestine?

The conflicts of Israel and Palestine, always simmering and recently boiling over, have entered our awareness again.  Again, we confront the tensions of viewpoints and the complexities of opinion about whom to hold responsible and what to do.  Academics wax

George McGovern the Quintessential Methodist?

Senator George McGovern was 90 years old when he died Sunday last.  In some ways, it seems to me, Dr. McGovern (Ph.D. from Northwestern U.) was quintessentially United Methodist.  Pondering how produces some worthwhile reflection about the church’s  current identity

Should GC Delegates Have to Demonstrate Theological Qualifications Beforehand?

Should GC Delegates Have to Demonstrate Theological Qualifications Beforehand?

People who seek to become naturalized citizens of the United States must pass a test to qualify for the privilege of reciting the citizenship oath.  And it’s an oral test (see http://www.uscis.gov).  No guessing on multiple choice questions. Still worrying about

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