"Change is harder than we often acknowledge," cautions Patrick Scriven in this commentary. While much of the conversation in The United Methodist Church has focused of problems with its polity, Scriven wonders if we are focusing enough attention on the day to day work of opening people's hearts and minds to new ways of seeing and being.
"[W]e are in a battle for the soul of our denomination," writes the Rev. Zach Taylor in commentary on the PNW News Blog. Taylor shares how the church he is planting in Walla Walla responded to General Conference tumult in a way faithful to their identity.
"Believing that we hold the “one true” understanding of faith engenders a self-righteousness that allows us to dismiss any and all who would challenge our claim of orthodoxy," writes the Rev. Kelly Dahlman-Oeth in a reflection on what it means to say that the Bible is true. "Such certainty can be as self-comforting as it is divisive."
By Libby Marie Hall Do you remember that early 70s song Imagine? Please take a moment and listen...
In commentary written for the PNW News Blog, the Rev. Austin Adkinson expresses disappointment in the One Church Plan (OCP) which codifies provisions allowing for continued discrimination. He argues that the Simple Plan offers a better route for Methodists intent on following Wesley's admonition to "do no harm."
"So what will you do?" asks the Rev. Wes Stanton in the wake of another mass shooting. "What will you do, not only to help yourself to live further from the edge of violence and isolation, but to transform your web of acquaintances, your neighborhood, your community?"
In response to a social media post on the Central American refugee crisis light on facts and compassion, Pastor Scott Rosekrans tried out a new approach that isn't "judgmental or threatening." "I’m not looking to pick a fight... I just believe that [Christians] should be leading the fight to spread God’s love, mercy and righteousness."
"As I watched immigrant children sitting silent in cages on our southern borders, I could only imagine what grief and fear their silence betrayed," writes the Rev. Paul Graves in a letter to his grandkids. In his message Graves considers the power of sacred silence, both in times where it is a reprieve to a noisy world and in moments where it is an alternative to a silence born in fear.
Commentary by Patrick Scriven Wise ministry leaders are often cautious on holidays like Mothers Day. In any given congregation there is likely someone who has...
Commentary by Patrick Scriven Like many Americans, I consume the morning news while I'm eating my breakfast and getting ready for the day. I've gotten...