Why I am a United Methodist

I wasn’t raised in The United Methodist church. My family is Mennonite. While growing up, the church was the center of our lives. Through the church, I was given many opportunities for leadership (usually breaking the gender bar along the way) and mission. The church shaped me in many ways. When I went to college…

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More than an annual conference

Years ago Ken and I took our two Ohio nephews, who were 11 and 15 at the time, on a cross-country road trip, starting in Cleveland. We went to Yellowstone National Park where we met up with four other nephews from Utah. All year there was excitement between All year there was excitement between the…

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What’s the forecast?

The Metho-pocalypse is coming! At least that is the claim of some throughout the church as the anticipated ruling of the Judicial Council is released in the last couple of days in April. The Judicial Council is the arm of The United Methodist Church that receives and rules on requests for declaratory decisions and appeals,…

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Time to declutter?

Few people do “spring cleaning” anymore. In case you’ve never heard of it, it was the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime. Its history is debated but in most cultures, spring was a time of new beginnings which called for the cleaning out of the old. The origins of spring cleaning are…

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For the good of the order

Every year the Order of Elders and the Order of Deacons are required to meet. These are separate gatherings of each respectively as “a covenant community within the (annual conference) to mutually support, care for, and hold accountable its members for the sake of the life and mission of the church.” (Par. 306, Book of…

Bishop Sally Dyck

What does the church say about bullying?

“What’s new in the 2016 Book of Discipline?” you might ask. It’s always an adventure to begin to look through either deliberately in search of a specific paragraph or to accidentally come upon something that is indeed new. Bullying is new in the 2016 Book of Discipline. It’s at the end of “The Nurturing Community”…

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Born in the midst of a mess

As we celebrate the birth of Christ into the world once again, we are reminded of the story we know so well that Christ came into the personal, political/governmental, and even religious messes of his day over 2,000 years ago! And in the case you don’t want to read this whole thing, the truth is…

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Our future together

Flying home from a meeting, I worried about making my connections between Pensacola, Fla., and Chicago via Atlanta, Ga. I had about 30 minutes and in the Atlanta airport it can take a while to get from one end to the other. I inquired about catching an earlier flight to Atlanta, but it cost $50…

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Taking Care of the Plumbing

Recently a pastor who moved over a year ago sent an email telling me about the changes that she had made in her church. She said in part: “I discovered that the finance committee did not meet regularly…other committees met sporadically and were not well attended…no minutes of meetings were on file…the same few people…

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What are your missional reasons?

On a warm May evening in 1979, my husband, Ken, and I had supper with our (first) district superintendent (DS) to be introduced to the Staff-Parish Relations Committees of our respective churches on the near west side of Cleveland. The DS didn’t hand us any profiles to look at as we ate supper and talked…