A proposed judicial review process to help with making better alterations to United Methodist doctrine and polity will help for the 2016 General Conference, but this blogger is pretty sure it would not have helped redeem the failed legislation in 2012.
If the United Methodist Church is to speak with authority to the political issues of our day, we need to overcome the obstacles to seminary education and be able to take advantage of a second chance at constructive faith-informed political discourse.
As religious conversation moves from the pews and the academy to the digital streets, we must carry our own values and norms with us rather than impose rules and regulations for debate that those outside of the power structure do not recognize.
In the past 500 years, the dance of technological advancement and church music has moved worship from a spectacle to participatory to a spectacle again. What will be the technology that brings it back?
As white culture becomes less of a majority culture, what changes to theology will take place, and how reasonable will people’s acceptance of those changes be? And how will we get to the other side in one piece?
Current calls to “close” the highest doctrine-making body of the United Methodist Church are being made by persons of privilege who are ignoring what it means to put the abused in the same room with the abuser…alone.