The last thing I ever expected, happened. GC2012 is inspiring me. This is what started it. A photo of simple, green sign posted in the booth space assigned to the United Methodist Women. It reads:
In 600 square feet,
it is impossible to show
143 years of women in mission,
the work our members are doing
in their churches and communities
the lives transformed through
the global ministries of the Church,
and all the ways United Methodist Women
will movie into the next 143 years.
So, instead, we used the money to
fully fund the seminary education
of two female local pastors in Cameroon.
Turning faith, hope and love into action.“
Yes! YES! I was inspired by the act AND by the messaging of it. Simple, clear, powerful, head-turning.
I reposted the photo on facebook and it wasn’t just church-going folk who responded and applauded. One woman I talked to yesterday said, “that’s the kind of church I could be interested in. I stopped going a long time ago, because that’s not what church was. I sometimes think about going on Easter, but then I look at the expensive colored flowery Easter ads churches put in the newspaper and I think, nothing’s changed.”
That simple sign had this woman rethinking what she thought she knew about church; she’s considering giving it another try. It had me rethinking what I thought I knew about General Conference; I even woke early today to livestream the proceedings. Their sign stirred something deep in me.
Kudo’s to the United Methodist Women for their decision and then messaging it brilliantly.