As I get older (I am often referring to myself lately as “middle aged,” as young adulthood fades into the past as a faint memory), I am experiencing more pain in my everyday life. Things that never used to cause stress or injury can now suddenly change the course of my whole day–the way my … Continue reading Pain is a Teacher
Recently, I’ve been hit with a spate of my *favorite* invective about the place where I work: “Why would you (all) allow something like this? I thought this was a good Methodist school.” The TL;DR version of my answer is this: Yes, we are a good Methodist school, and we do the things we do not … Continue reading “A Good Methodist School” (Again)
Yeats’s poem, “The Second Coming,” has been on my mind a lot lately, particularly the line that reads: Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; This poem, which has been called “the most thoroughly pillaged piece of literature in English,” serves, much like “The Wizard of Oz,” as a universal metaphor for many things–the end … Continue reading The Center Cannot Hold…And I’m O.K. With That.
The United Methodist Church is in crisis. Some of us may choose to leave. Here are my reasons why. Continue reading Why Some of Us May Choose to Leave
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking, praying, and agonizing over the Covington Catholic High School students and their actions in D.C. over the weekend. It wasn’t until this morning that I realized why the situation had wormed its way into my brain so deeply. It’s because I recognized what a missed opportunity the confrontation … Continue reading A Missed Opportunity for a Teachable Moment
Call me a schismatic. That’s what I probably am, at least today. But I’m a schismatic with a purpose, at least, and that purpose is to see the greater good. You see, my beloved United Methodist Church is in the midst of a crisis of conscience, leadership, and confidence at the moment. One the … Continue reading Come, Sweet Death (or, Why I Think The UMC Should Split)
This time of year is one of the busiest for those of us in the world of academia. For my friends in colleagues in the Church, it’s sort of like Christmas and Easter weeks wrapped into one continuous season. Event after event, prayers galore, and a never-ending stream of people who seem to need to … Continue reading Grumps Need More Rest.