A Mess in St Louis

Before the United Methodist Special General Conference opened on Saturday, we prayed. Perhaps God would miraculously grant a fruitful discussion among 800disputantswho have very little in common except our cross-and-flame nametags. We prayed for openness to different points of view, unity, communion, gracious listening, holy conferencing, empathetic feelings, and generosity of spirt. It didn’t work.Continue reading “A Mess in St Louis”

A Post-General Conference Update

As I am already receiving more mail than I can possibly respond to, I would refer you to my quote in The Washington Post. As I say, this is not a victory of “tradition,” but another lurch toward punitive, exclusionary practice. https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/02/26/united-methodist-church-votes-maintain-its-opposition-same-sex-marriage-gay-clergy/?utm_term=.7ffa8f8a5c34&wpisrc=al_news__alert-national&wpmk=1 —Will

Conversation on The Homilist

I recently sat down with Jared Ellis for the inaugural episode of his new podcast, The Homilist. We talked about the art and nature of Christian preaching, a conversation that I know many of you have often and would enjoy hearing more of! I hope you’ll take a look at  this video below. You can also listenContinue reading “Conversation on The Homilist”

National Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Action

In the past days I’ve been consulting with Christian leaders like James Forbes, Tony Campolo, Jim Wallis, and Walter Brueggemann, designated “Elders,” by Sojourners, on an address to our fellow Christians concerning our current national situation.  After our “Reclaiming Jesus” declaration last year, here is our “Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Action.” —Will