conflict is a reality

I have now been a part of my church community for three whole years.  It is amazing how fast time has gone by and how much we have accomplished with one another. As I reflect upon my time in ministry, I feel very blessed. We have been a family. We have worked together. We worship

Prayers for Glenn Beck

An email came across my desk today from Sojourners, encouraging us to email Glenn Beck and to support him with prayers: Glenn Beck has received a lot of attention for his inflammatory rhetoric lately. Recently, he shared a personal story about his daughter who has cerebral palsy, which gets to the heart of his fears

GBCS Action Alert on Torture

GBCS Action Alert on Torture Our commitment to human rights is grounded in the conviction that each and every human life is sacred. Therefore the United Methodist Church endorses legislative and judicial remedies for the use of torture and illegal detention …such as the appointment of special counsels [and] appropriate investigations. #6120 “Opposition to Torture”

marriage: job of the state or of the church

…why it is that clergy are able to sign that piece of paper. It is because we are licensed by an approved body (the church). Or rather, it is because the state recognizes the license I already have. I could get licensed by the state to perform weddings, as a friend of mine did, but I already have a license. No need. Also – the only real “official” thing clergy does as far as the state is concerned is sign the piece of paper…