Approaching Separation: A Rejoinder to Adam Hamilton

By Thomas Lambrecht – I recently expounded the primary reasons I see for separation taking place in The United Methodist Church. That article drew the response of the Rev. Adam Hamilton, who felt that my characterization of centrist and progressive understandings was not an accurate description. I respect Adam and the vibrant ministry he has led at Church of […]

Coalition of Traditional Leaders Continues to Support the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation

Over a year ago, a diverse group of United Methodist Church leaders released the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation. Never before had leading bishops, general church officials, and leaders of advocacy groups representing centrists, progressives, and traditionalists agreed on a plan for resolving the church’s long dispute over its sexual ethics, teachings on […]

The Case for a Virtual General Conference, Part 2

By Thomas Lambrecht – In last week’s Perspective, I outlined why an in-person General Conference in 2021 is unlikely to occur as scheduled. The virulence of the Coronavirus pandemic and the slow rollout of vaccines to the global population make a return of international travel unlikely before mid-2022. I also made the case that some […]

The Case for a Virtual General Conference, Part 1

By Thomas Lambrecht – There is much anxiety about whether and how a General Conference will meet in 2021. General Conference was originally scheduled for May 2020, but was postponed to August 29 through September 7, 2021, due to pandemic travel and meeting restrictions. Now the Commission on the General Conference is planning to make […]

Primary Reasons for Separation

By Thomas Lambrecht – As we approach a possible separation in The United Methodist Church this year, one of the important questions to answer is, “Why should we separate?” There are many reasons for the conflict in our church that have led us to this point. Rob Renfroe and Walter Fenton explored many of these […]

Celebrating Cicely Tyson

By Steve Beard- Internationally-known for her six decades on stage and screen, award-winning actress Cicely Tyson died on Thursday at the age of 96. “I come from lowly status. I grew up in an area that was called the slums at the time,” Tyson said while receiving an honorary Oscar award at age 94. “I […]

Finishing Well

By Thomas Lambrecht – It may seem out of place to talk about finishing well when the year has just begun. The senior pastor at the church I attend just announced his planned retirement. He is the founding pastor of this church and has served well for over 43 years (all at this one congregation)! […]

Learning God’s Ways

By Thomas Lambrecht – We human beings do not like to be told what to do. Our DNA was formed in disobedience and rebellion in the first garden, when Adam and Eve decided they knew better than God. We sometimes feel bound or restricted by the law. We tend to obey those laws that we […]

Of What Spirit are We?

By Thomas Lambrecht – “When the days drew near for [Jesus] to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way, they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was […]

Snake in the Manger

By Steve Beard – One of my dear friends bought a Christmas tree ornament featuring the Grinch in a Covid-19 mask muttering, “2020: Stink, Stank, Stunk!” That exasperation and frustration is shared by so many. Thankfully, some of our holiday traditions were able to be modified and reconfigured: Santa sat behind a plexiglass barrier at […]

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