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Bishops review Commission on a Way Forward sketches

In early November 2017, the Council of Bishops met and received the first report from the Commission on a Way Forward. The Commission’s mandate is to present a recommendation to the Council of Bishops at their May 2018 meeting to forward on to the Special General Conference 2019 (GC19). The bishops on the Commission, including…

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Prayers for Sutherland Springs

Over the past few weeks, Bob Dylan’s song keeps coming to mind: Yes, and how many deaths will it take ’till he knows That too many people have died? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind. How many people must die of gun violence before something…

Bishop Sally Dyck

What the world needs now is hope

Unraveling. Spiraling out of control. Unpredictable. Scary. What’s going to happen next? These are words or phrases I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time pondering before. I don’t mean on a personal level but in our nation and the world today. I can’t begin to make a complete list and by the time…

What’s your call story?

One year when I was a district superintendent in East Ohio, I asked all of my churches to have a clergyperson and a layperson talk about their call. Many congregations had never heard their pastor’s call story before that church conference. The many ways that God works in and through our lives to call us…

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…

Bishop Sally Dyck

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”…