Worldwide Discernment

General Conference 2019

2/23/2019

In our day of prayer, I was ejected from that tunnel by the Holy Spirit. We spent segments of our day in prayer led by United Methodist bishops from all across the world. We prayed for the church in Europe and Eurasia, singing songs in Russian and Swedish. (By the way, did you know that “How Great Thou Art” was originally a Swedish hymn?) We were led in powerful prayer by representatives from Africa – the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Yes, we were also led by leaders from the United States but concluded our regional prayer-times with moving leadership from the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Again, God’s Spirit reminded me of what I already knew. Roughly 45% of the 864 delegates to this General Conference are from outside the United States. In my attempt to remain open minded to all viewpoints, I realize now that I missed hearing from nearly HALF of our connection.


#GC2019 Update 1

General Conference 2019

2/22/2019

American Traditionalist delegates are guardedly optimistic this week about the defeat of the OCP, even as they dread the path it will take to get there.  There is the feeling of stepping into an arena none of us chose.  If either of the leading plans pass, a large percentage of delegates will leave emotionally distraught.  All will step into an uncertain future. Passing the OCP will mean schism, but how much, how long, and how divisive?  Passing the MTP will do one of two things.  It might cause those defying the Discipline to take the gracious exit path built into the plan so they can give birth to a progressive Methodist Church with ongoing relationship to the UMC.  More likely, however, it will ignite a year of defiance, delay, and legal challenges aimed toward a rematch at General Conference 2020.


It begins

General Conference 2019

2/22/2019

Whatever plan we pass will change the United Methodist Church in some way. People may leave. People may mourn. And the body of Christ that is called United Methodist will not be the same, no matter what we decide here. Because if we look and act the exact same after this conference as we are now, arguing about interpretations of scripture while hiding behind screens or ink & paper, the definition of marriage versus a definition of love, and sneering across aisles at our siblings, our family in Christ, then we will have failed. No matter what, we need to be the church not just presently, but the day after GC 2019 closes. We need to continue to make disciples. Continue in our mission. How we go about that, what we will look like, at this point, no one can say.


Jesus is Lord!

General Conference 2019

Robert Phillips

2/22/2019

Yep, by the end of the conference no doubt media and others will report how 'the sausage was made,' and no doubt some antics will deserve mention. But I can say this. We will  have prayed over the sausage before we made it, while we made it, after we made it, and while we serve it.  Jesus is Lord.


Coping with loss and disappointment

Mental Health Minute

2/6/2019

Healing from a loss or disappointment is a process. All of us know that it takes time to get over something that overwhelms us. Time, together with a change in attitude are the most helpful things to help you recover. Primary support, such as family, friends, and church, along with time are also helpful. It is important to move on, talk with others, and let others help if you are to recover from your loss or disappointment. Give yourself time to grieve and to heal.


Cranberry pumpkin muffins

Recipes

2/6/2019

Autumn staples combine into a healthy and delicious breakfast treat.


Protecting yourself from identity theft during tax season

Clergy Assistance Program Blog

2/6/2019

The weeks before April 15 are busy for all of us -- but perhaps even more so for identity thieves. They're taking advantage of opportunities to lift your personal information off financial documents, scam you into answering emails or phone calls from fake IRS agents, and much more. All identity thieves need are a person's name and Social Security number to do a lot of damage, such as opening new credit card accounts in your name. But the more information they find, the more harm they can do, including accessing your existing bank and financial accounts. Here are five important tips for keeping your and your family's identity safe.


Serenity in the midst of uncertainty

PCC Guest Blogs

2/6/2019

As we approach the February General Conference, I’m not only thinking about the UM decision and consequences. This upcoming event has also triggered my brain to release all my other memories and emotions regarding the unknown. (Usually, we don’t realize our brain has been triggered.) My brain has memories of the unknown for as far back as I can remember—times when I spent days, weeks or months trying to figure out how the unknown would resolve, and I remember the worry and anxiety that accompanied those unproductive thought processes. When I spin, I don’t win.


Shepherding your herd through a valley

Shauna Summers

2/6/2019

Meeting someone (or a congregation) where they are, showing them support and solidarity by walking beside them without judgment or trying to change their direction, makes walking the valley possible. You as pastors have the power to do this on an individual or congregational level.


Winterize your vehicle

Greenify Tips

2/6/2019

Some handy tips for winter travel and the items you should pack with you.


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