A Short Account of a Continuing Journey – 3

In two earlier Bishop’s weekly messages this month I’ve been reflecting upon the journey that we have made as a church, in the past two decades – decades of unprecedented decline for our church but now – thanks be to the work of the Holy Spirit among us, a time of increasing growth.  I haveContinue reading “A Short Account of a Continuing Journey – 3”

An Affirmative Action Plan for African American United Methodists

Recently I was asked to contribute a commentary on the website of the General Commission on Religion and Race. I reprint it here, as a thought piece on this Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. When I saw the racial composition of the delegates to the Republican National Convention I saw a political party that wasContinue reading “An Affirmative Action Plan for African American United Methodists”

A Short Account of a Continuing Journey – 2

Last week I noted some of the things we have learned about how to grow our church and better to position ourselves for reaching a new generation for Christ. Now I note some of the ways we are doing the work of Christ differently in order to get different results from our labors. What weContinue reading “A Short Account of a Continuing Journey – 2”

A Short Account of a Continuing Journey – 1

As we move into a new year together, our 201st year as a Conference, I thought that the next three weeks would be a good time to assess where we have come from in recent years and where we think God is leading us. Just over two decades ago we began to wake up andContinue reading “A Short Account of a Continuing Journey – 1”