The chaos and confusion in the United Methodist Church continued this week with the news that two amendments to our denomination’s constitution failed to pass the required two-thirds ratification by annual conferences. These amendments had passed at the 2016 General Conference. When I read the amendments prior to Annual Conference last year, I saw a … Continue reading Never Mind The Chaos, Women Still Live Out The Gospel
Dusting and Vacuuming Yesterday I worked cleaning chairs and polishing wood. As I vacuumed off construction dust from the seats and used old t-shirts to clean and condition the old altar, I thought about all the people through the history of Christianity who have done work like this – cleaning, setting up, taking down, organizing, … Continue reading Faithfulness in Small Work
Next year, United Methodist Women will celebrate their 150th anniversary of women organized for mission. In 1869, Methodists had been training and sending missionaries for nearly 50 years, but women were only allowed to participate as missionary wives. The Mission Board did not financially support mission training for women, nor did they see the need … Continue reading What’s History Got to Do With Mission Trips?