Sweet Tea, Christmas Plays, and The Way Forward

This is an admittedly hastily prepared cut-and-paste document from various presentations I have made on the crisis in the UMC. Some will recognize parts of it from those previous publications/presentations. It is intended as an initial introduction of a congregation to the nature of our problems, the importance of

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Judicial Council To Affirm the Consecration of Bishop Olivetto

The Judicial Council will affirm the Consecration of Bishop Olivetto in April. It must. The reasons have little to do with General Conference actions, Disciplinary paragraphs, church polity, or existing precedent, and nothing to do with theology, ecclesiology, or a coherent hermeneutic. It must because it is corrupted by the same fear that has corrupted us all: It is not willing to risk losing its life to save it. It must affirm Olivetto’s election as a matter of survival. Don’t expect bible verses or quoting of Saints in this article—nor in the upcoming decision. Continue reading “Judicial Council To Affirm the Consecration of Bishop Olivetto”

No Painless Way Forward

No Painless Way Forward

It is a defense mechanism we hold in common—when we realize that the practical action demanded by our professed beliefs requires some pain—we look for an avenue which will justify inaction while assuaging our conscience. We are at the point in a controversy where many who spoke boldly at first are starting to realize there will be a cost for acting on their stated principles. They are already starting to turn, and we are hearing once again the old phrases, “give the bishops room,” “wait and see,” and “let the process work,” as though they’ve never been said before. I write this to hopefully strengthen some of us who have not yet yielded to this temptation and to encourage others of us who have sought shelter in false peace to return to our first passion. Continue reading “No Painless Way Forward”

America’s Most Ironic Holiday

Labor Day was established as tribute for the common worker and the struggle for fair treatment by management, finance, and government.

We celebrate it with a holiday where the only ones getting a day off are mid and upper level management, bankers, and government employees. So that these may enjoy their holiday, the common worker must still show up for work.