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Being Welcomed In Action, Not Just Words

by Mike House This past Sunday, I found myself choking up as I sang the “Doxology.” I’m not sure that has ever happened to me before, in part because the words are so familiar. But something had just happened at Northaven, the church where my partner Cody and I worship, that caused the familiar liturgical […]

Breaking up is hard to do (Let’s admit it is time)

by Scott Fritzsche Neil Sedaka was right. Breaking up is hard to do. It is messy, especially when there is money, property, children, and all the rest involved. We are talking a lot about that in the United Methodist Church. We are talking about it in the language of marriage really. We talk about divorce […]

How Did We Get Here?

by Jeff Greenway “This is what the Lord says: ‘STAND at the crossroads and LOOK; ASK for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and WALK in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, “We will not walk in it.” I appointed watchmen over you and said, ‘Listen […]

Commentary: Diametrically Composed

By Dan Dick* At what point do differences become irreconcilable?  Visualize a normal bell-curve.  At each extreme, there are polarized, immovable positions.  Three to five percent are so committed to being right and having their own way, that they no longer engage in any interaction that might influence their opinion.  These opponents are intractable and […]

Three Ways how Oregon-Idaho Responded to General Conference

by Rev. Jeremy Smith Three legislative items passed the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church at their annual meeting in mid-June 2016 that together cast a vision for the future of United Methodism. Affirmed Ordained Ministry for All Persons At the start of the week, the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry shared a statement […]

When Commentary Fails

by David Watson   This article was due two weeks ago. I’m not usually late with writing deadlines, but after General Conference, I really didn’t know what to say. Like many people, I had conflicting emotions. I needed time to process.   After two weeks of reflection, I was ready to write. But then forty-nine […]

Momany: The real battle

In The most intense battles we ever fight are the ones within our hearts. We may try to avoid language of conflict, but confrontation is real – perhaps most real in our own person. What values will animate our hearts, our minds, and our actions? During this time of conflict within many church organizations (not […]

Commentary: Jesus and the United Methodist system

by Richard Peck* As we enter the season of electing bishops, it’s interesting to compare our system with the selection system employed by Jesus. The alarming thing about Jesus is that he had no management training. His sloppy administrative style is most evident in this recruitment practices. He apparently had no guidelines for selecting disciples. […]

Commentary: Bishops, prepare two envelopes…

by Bob Phillips* General Conference 2016 is over. Fearing a media feeding frenzy over sex, the Council of Bishops answered the plea to start leading on this issue. They created a proposal the conference accepted. Sex was taken off the table and dropped into the bishops’ collective laps to formulate a way through the morass. […]

Commentary: Who controls orthodoxy?

By Dalton Rushing* If there’s one word that gets thrown around more than any other in the church’s ongoing debate about full inclusion of LGBTQ people, it’s “orthodoxy.” Those who oppose full inclusion (or, less pejoratively, those who argue that the Bible does not allow for same-sex weddings or LGBTQ clergy) argue that their position […]

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