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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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Hope for the Church

Originally posted on Taking the Call:
The end of May brought a final family reunion for the Global Mission Fellow class of 2014-2016. Upon the end of General Conference in downtown Portland, we bused out to the serene haven that…

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A Model for the Global Church

Check out the most recent blogs by Connor about the Global Church: https://thebookoffellows.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/a-model-for-the-global-church/ and here: https://ckenaston.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/what-is-the-global-church/  

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What is the “Global Church”?

Originally posted on "Stretch Out Your Hand":
While numbers of United Methodists have gradually decreased over the last few decades, the denomination outside the US (what the UMC calls “Central Conferences”) has grown rapidly. These statistics lead many…

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THEREFORE GO from the OTHER SIDE

(The picture is of the backside of the screen – sometimes Joe’s view as a marshal)   I have cried and I have prayed. I have hugged friends in heart-broken agony. I have sighed with relief and then worried about … Continue reading

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Mirror….Mirror….

The lighting for the mirror in the bathroom of our hotel (which has been “home” for the last 12 days) is not good. Well, let me take that back. It depends on what you want to see whether or not … Continue reading

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A Conversation with US2’s about Poverty and Race

On Saturday morning, Chelsea Spyres (one of my Global Mission Fellow prayer partners and one of my closest friends) co-delivered the Young People’s Address to General Conference. Chelsea is one of the most genuine and compassionate individuals I know, and … Continue reading

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A Chance to Vote

Serving as a reserve delegate comes with both joys and challenges. Joys: There’s less pressure! If I need to take an hour for my health (read: sanity), I can do that and not feel guilty about missing a vote or … Continue reading

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