Our friends at Breaking the Silence have just launched a new website, they are collecting personal stories related to full inclusion in the UMC. The site has a handful of video testimonials from clergy, lay people, and even some youth. The sites’s look and feel resemble the early “It Gets Better” project website. It is open to anyone who wishes to submit a story via YouTube and have it posted on the site. [...]
UPDATE: TX Methodist Gov. Rick Perry still refuses to understand Matthew 6:1-6. Continuing on target to make Christianity a cynical wedge issue, his sponsor/partner, the AFA is unapologetic in its rejection of other faiths. As mentioned below, their disdain for all things LGBT related is not a secret either. Even Sponge Bob Square [...]
As the old saying goes, if you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain later. We always complain. It’s time to say something, to quit waiting for someone else to come along and make things right. [...]
Wherein Chris is forced to eat his words and Cheri graciously refuses to gloat - Or at least a new look at the impact of social networking on social revolution. (And yes, Cheri and I both recall the laugh line from the ancient Saturday Night Live newscasts with Chevy Chase and Jane Curtain. But [...]
Those who know me well will be amazed at how little I am about to say on this particular subject. (Don’t get used to it!) I’m very interested in what others think about this topic that continues to escape our public attention. Note that I said, “public” attention. You see, Rev. Doug Bowling (retired UM pastor from South [...]
Bishop Huie of the Texas Annual Conference has held meetings in each of the districts over the past few weeks. Laity in each district were invited to join her in conversation, mostly on church growth issues and over the theme of creating Disciples in our Conference. She is now inviting Laity who could not attend those meetings to respond online, in what looks like a Facebook page exercise. In the district meetings, an effort was made to break the larger group up into discussion groups, and respond with short, (sometimes two word!) answers to questions about where the UM is headed, and how it should get there. To some observers, it was a little frustrating to reduce the “discussion” down to two word responses. Apparently, there was more than a little fear that the meetings would become town hall spectacles similar to those witnessed on the national political scene.
In an effort to include others in the conversation who were unable to attend, the same questions will be posted on our Facebook Fan Page beginning Monday, October 4th and all are encouraged to respond in the comments section below each question. (One question will be posted each day for three days.) If you DID NOT attend one of the meetings, please answer the forthcoming questions.
So here is another chance to respond. The news release notes that they would like more feedback from younger (under 40) members of the church, and evidently they are hoping that new technologies and social media might be one way to bring those voices in. Continue reading “Feedback Sought from TX Annual Conference Laity”