Author Archives: La Peregrina

For those playing along at home

One of my frustrations being on the east coast/midwest is that I miss lots of the livestream.  (That’s not counting the hours I spend telling myself that I’m going to work instead of watching the livestream… and then I end … Continue reading

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2016…

It’s been four years since this blog has been updated… what a lot has changed! And yet here we are, as ready as we can be for another General Conference. I (Diane) am not sure how many blog updates there will be … Continue reading

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Breathe. The Kin(g)dom will survive.

I regularly send e-mails to myself in the future at futureme.org.  This time last year, Past Me was particularly helpful in sending words of wisdom for General Conference (Past Me is so smart!), and as we move forward post-General Conference,* … Continue reading

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Slightly less breaking news…

(If it’s less than “breaking,” does this mean it’s “cracking?” or “bending?”  What’s the verb here, y’all?) Congratulations to Judi /Mom for being elected chairperson of the Commission on General Conference.  She served the last four years as chair of … Continue reading

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Breaking News! You should be watching live right now…

but if you’re not (or if you’re web-surfing while watching the General Conference Live Stream), here’s a quick recap followed by pictures/video: Earlier this week, the General Conference enacted very hasty compromise legislation called “Plan UMC.”  My post on the … Continue reading

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The Filter is Now Off: A Call for a Commission on Theology and Ecclesiology

As a 2009-2012 Board member for the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW), I was privileged to serve as the secretary for the Board of Directors, a member of the Global Issues Team, and a monitor … Continue reading

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Mom says, “Bedtime!”

And when Mom says “bedtime!” I can assure you, she means it!  After MUCH debate, the rules passed AS PRESENTED, WITH NO AMENDMENTS by 92.5% of the General Conference.  I hope she’ll update us later, once she gets more than … Continue reading

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“‘Typical UMC Family’ Serves at General Conference”

I’ve never said “the Kenastons are a typical UMC family”… Having two pastors in your immediate family automatically means you’re not a “typical” church-goer. – Rachel, via e-mail That said, we were very pleased to have a story published about … Continue reading

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In Which Mom Fails to Give the Delegates a Bedtime

When I was in the 7th grade, I loved my newfound freedom.  I had just started junior high and had gotten my own room, no longer having to share with my sister.  But one aspect of freedom escaped me: Bedtime. … Continue reading

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“Why are you staring at us?”

Adapted from today’s sermon on Acts 3:1-19. Why are you staring at us? I’ve been preoccupied this week, thinking about General Conference and preparing to leave for this global gathering of United Methodists.  There are petitions to read and perspectives … Continue reading

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