Author Archives: La Peregrina

On the Social Principles

I spent a lot of time memorizing the 1996 and 2000 Social Principles. I needed to bolster my arguments with my high school boyfriend — a conservative Baptist on the debate team. Every time he brought up a social issue, I would go search … Continue reading

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Nevertheless, she…

“To say that God is not male or female is to deny the divinity of Jesus! It denies the Trinity!” Not true. My theologically orthodox seminary professor husband and I both got up on our annual conference floor to explain … Continue reading

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Hope in the Mountains

The UMC Family blog has been dormant for half a quadrennium! As we gear up for General Conference 2019 (and a 2018 annual conference revote on a constitutional amendment — which I will post on shortly), I (Diane) discovered a … Continue reading

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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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