United Methodist Church

Moral Courage

Essay, Religion, Theology, United Methodist Church
This is a re-blog of my very first blog post ever from 2008! I have edited it a tiny bit. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. - Robert F. Kennedy, in a speech in Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966. (Source: Wikiquote ) What are our sources of moral courage? I can tell you that I find moral outrage easy, but where does moral courage come from? Relying on my Methodist heritage, The Wesleyan Quadrilateral would have us examine scripture, tradition, reason, and experience in making deliberations. What does this tell me? What does scripture say? In Hebrew Scriptures and in Christian Scriptures, we are taught to care for the al...

The Cure for the Church

Christianity, Church, Religion, United Methodist Church
I have heard all kinds of frustration within the blogosphere, twitter, and Facebook expressed at the United Methodist Church. It began during General Conference. There, nothing of consequence seemed to happen except further division. The angst, of course, was around human sexuality and the church's stance. No matter what side you were on, you were not happy. Oh, there was one thing of major import for clergy. Guaranteed appointment was eliminated. This shook the core of some of our clergy as they felt betrayed by the body they have spent their lives serving. Remember, if clergy is ineffective, we CAN remove them and will be able to remove them. So what was that vote really about? It doesn't matter what it was about since the decision was struck down by the judicial council. The one ma...

Is there a balm in Gilead?

Christianity, Grace, Lament, Politics, Religion, Scripture, Spirituality, Theology, United Methodist Church
Pastor David Weekley reminded me of the following scripture: Jeremiah 8: 21-23: “The wounds of my people wound me too. Is there no balm in Gilead? Who will turn my head into a fountain and my eyes into a spring of tears so that I may weep all day, all night for the wounded out of my people?” Is there a balm in Gilead? Is there a balm here? Something to soothe your soul? Have we so wounded ourselves in our "he said-she said" "I'm right-you're wrong" society that there is no balm that will heal us? I was hoping that with the election gone, there would be quiet for a while. However, I am hearing accusations flying placing the blame of the elections failure or success at the feet of everybody but the person in the mirror.  It is time to put divisive voices aside and focus on healing. This