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We need ‘call to integrity’ more than Call to Action

Following the endless conversations about “what comes next?” in the United Methodist Church, it becomes more and more apparent that most of the suggestions, reports and recommendations made thus far are all designed for just one purpose: to avoid the hard work that actually must happen. In my humble opinion—one I have espoused now since […]

Don’t fight decline, embrace ‘smart decline’

I noticed it over the past several years as I traveled to the Phoenix area to spend a few days with my father and other family members. Every time we visited we’d play a new golf course in a brand new town that seemed to spring up overnight. The infrastructure was there for huge planned […]

Please listen beyond the noise

Dear 2012 General Conference, Please listen to us. And please don’t. Listen to the people of the United Methodist Church. We everyday pastors, staff, and volunteers have never felt more disconnected from the larger church bureaucracy. We visit hospitals and hold youth retreats and preach and try to serve faithfully. But how do the most […]

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