Category Archives: religion

Hope for the United Methodist Church?

As United Methodist General Conference 2020 election results come in, I go back and forth about being hopeful in relation to the gains being made by progressives and centrists. I am hopeful because it is apparent that about 3/4 of … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Leaders of United Methodist Institutions of Higher Education

Photo: Duke Chapel, the ecumenical chapel at United Methodist related Duke University, allows same sex/same gender weddings.   Dear Leaders of United Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities: The decision of the 2019 General Conference of the United Methodist Church to … Continue reading

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The Golden Calves of the United Methodist Church

The amount of energy, organization, time, and money spent to keep persons who are LGBTQIA+ from full participation in the life and ministry of the United Methodist Church is shockingly high. This is the price of the idolatry of exclusion. … Continue reading

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Ministry and Politics

In our official work within churches, we who are ministers must be non-partisan in our political rhetoric and engagement to protect the non-profit status of our churches and respect the agreement within our religious communities that our churches will be … Continue reading

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To be a fascist, or not to be a fascist

For decades in the United States we have experienced a kind of national political neurosis in which millions of people have continued to vote against their own interests based on their perception of how the Republican Party was protecting their … Continue reading

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King’s Beloved Community vs. Trump’s Chaos

Towards the end of his tragically shortened life caused by the bullet of a white supremacist, Martin Luther King, Jr. questioned whether our world house was headed for chaos or community. He reminded the world of the “fierce urgency of … Continue reading

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Refusing the Hand of the Empire

The biggest mistake ever made in the history of Christianity (and there are a lot of them) is when the Christian Church decided to believe and accept that the Empire was on its side. When Christianity allowed itself to be … Continue reading

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