“Nothing, I would argue, is more effective at driving people away from religion than watching its most elite representatives—the whitest, malest, straightest, most educated, with the biggest platforms—devolve into kindergarteners, ganging up on others, bullying, preaching a Gospel of intractability … Continue reading The UMC At the Crossroads: Elitism or Inclusion–or Holy Love?
Battling the Systems Like just about everyone I know, I am in a constant battle with my body’s survival desire to put on weight. Vanity drives my battle. Cellular memory and human history drives my body. My body will ultimately win. … Continue reading Fighting the System: The Aging Body and the Aging UMC
I spent several hours recently perusing a couple of Facebook discussion groups primarily dominated by those who hold to a more conservative (read: no gays) theology than I do. I admit I don’t get the hatred spewed there–but I do believe … Continue reading When We Hate One Another and Ignore the Real Issues of Justice and Mercy
I am reaching a point where I think Gutenberg did not do the world a favor. And for the second time in these months in the Mystery Worship mode, I walked about of a service and said, “I need a drink.” … Continue reading Jehovah’s Witnesses Mystery Worship: Mind Control Warning–Visitors Beware
This man, Michael Megginson, is seriously mentally ill. He’s been in an out of mental hospitals since he was six years old. Although, according to his mother, he has moments of calm and then is enjoyable to be around, it … Continue reading Friday Morning Musings: What Constitutes Salvation for This Man?
We stood in a tight crowd, unable to move, barely able to breathe, waiting our turn. Security guards with high-powered automatic weapons had been charged with crowd control outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Good Friday. … Continue reading Baby as Battering Ram: Good Friday in Jerusalem
I am sure that many have heard of the exceedingly sad story of a family of Orthodox Jews whose seven children were killed in a house fire last Saturday. The fire was caused by a hot plate left on from … Continue reading Is it God’s Will that Innocent Children Die?
Below this commentary/rant are two articles I wrote on two recent church visits: the Church of Christ and the United Church of Christ. I felt that I’d just experienced the movie, “Pleasantville” in the move from the safe black-and-white, carefully … Continue reading Was this Pleasantville? Church of Christ vs United Church of Christ
Like millions of others, I shall board an airplane tomorrow. First a reasonably quick flight to Philadelphia and then an overnight flight to Tel Aviv. Every step of this journey is an exercise in trust. We trust the competence and … Continue reading Airplanes, Life, Church: It’s A Matter of Trust
As a professional Mystery Worshiper, I would say that their web presence is possibly the least visitor-friendly site I’ve seen. The services are lackluster, noisy and unprofessional without much music and no technological bells and whistles. The messages are shallow and … Continue reading After an LDS Visit, I Wonder if Female Clergy are the Problem