Tag: Unity

  • A Place Where Walls Are Coming Down: Preparing for Burundi

    A Place Where Walls Are Coming Down: Preparing for Burundi

    With all the talk of division and separation in our church and society, it’s heartening to know that there are places where United Methodists are coming together. Next Friday I’m getting on a plane for my first trip to Africa. I got the call about 6 weeks ago when the Burundi United Methodist Church announced […]

  • In the Dreamtime that was Portland – Poetry Before General Conference

    In the Dreamtime that was Portland – Poetry Before General Conference

    At the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon, I watched a group of children playing in a fountain and was moved to write a poem about the struggle my church was going through. I still hold on to the dream that we can breathe again as the 2019 Called General Conference convenes in […]

  • What’s It Going to Take to Fix and Free the UMC?

    What’s It Going to Take to Fix and Free the UMC?

    Warning: United Methodist inside baseball ahead. One of the strongest selling points for the One Church Plan, (and one that I’ve made), is that it takes off the table the contentious, divisive debate over LGBTQ inclusion and allows us to focus on making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world—the stated mission […]

  • Jeff Sessions and the Things Church Trials Can’t Do

    Jeff Sessions and the Things Church Trials Can’t Do

    Church trials don’t create community; they create tribes.  And that’s got me concerned for The United Methodist Church. Some 640 United Methodists recently lodged a formal complaint against the Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions, who is a United Methodist with membership in a Mobile, Alabama church.  Though it is almost so rare […]

  • The Country We Live In: Race, Sin, and the Birthday of the UMC

    The Country We Live In: Race, Sin, and the Birthday of the UMC

    Behind every discussion in American life is the question of race.  At this stage in our history, with the long shadows cast by slavery, Jim Crow segregation, the struggle for civil rights, and last year’s gathering of white nationalists in Charlottesville, the impact of race is not something we can ignore if we want to […]

  • A Prayer for a Way Forward by Bishop Sharma Lewis

    A Prayer for a Way Forward by Bishop Sharma Lewis

    This week the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church will be taking the lead in a denomination-wide week of prayer for A Way Forward.  I’ll be sharing some of the conference prayer resources for the week, some of which came out of my Thousand Prayers for Unity Project.  As the commission helps us deal […]