The United Methodist Church and the Illinois Great Rivers Conference are trapped between two extreme songs. One is an old blues tune by Albert King, and one from the Broadway musical which was based upon the Harold Gray comic strip, Little Orphan Annie.
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” -- Luke 9:23
The question was motivated by both concern and fear. She told me that she had been a Methodist all her life and had no desire to change denominations. I did my best to explain our current Methodist dilemma and to assure her that no one was going to force her out of her church and that at the current time, there was no reason for any United Methodist church to disaffiliate.
The greatest event in human history is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Adversity of every kind are all around us: isolation, detachment, suffering, anger, distress, mistrust, unrest, economic uncertainty, global crisis, racial tensions, division, emotional and physical trauma, devasting loss, and the reality of pain and death.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.
On Nov. 4, the Council of Bishops overwhelming approved A Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church (see page 9 of this issue of The Current). Last week, the delegates of the North Central Jurisdiction voted to affirm the document.
As much of the culture is ramping up for Halloween I am praying and singing my way to All Saints Day, Nov. 1. That said please take a moment and join me in singing, reciting, praying the words of hymn For All the Saints: