Conversation with Morgan Guyton

Morgan Guyton is on a book tour for his great new book, “How Jesus Saves The World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity.” We did a short interview about the book, focusing on the chapter, “Outsiders, Not Insiders,” talking about a bit about General Conference, and what it’s like to be straight allies of […]

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Message To General Conference Delegates

Friends, This blog is a message to delegates to the upcoming United Methodist General Conference. If you are a delegate, I hope you’ll watch it. If you know a delegate, I hope you’ll forward it to them. The primary message is this: “Restructuring” or “Reframing” will not help solve the intractable conflict over LGBT issues […]

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It’s Time. (Past Time, Really)

Dear General Conference Delegates From Around the World, I’m writing you today about issues of LGBTQ inclusion, which will be before you at General Conference in Portland. My message to you is not just that “It’s Time,” but that “It’s Past Time.” The Clock Has Stopped. You Can Restart It. My first message is that […]

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Why the Reconciling movement must speak out against Islamaphobia

(Reblogged from RMN. Thanks to them for asking me to write on this topic….EF) At “Gather At the River” back in August, a quote was shared from Audre Lorde that resonated with my soul – “There is no such thing as a single issue struggle, because we do not live single issues lives.” One of the […]

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We Found Those Young People Your Church Has Been Looking For

Hey! Good news! We found those young people your church keeps saying they are looking for. You know, the next generation that we keep hoping will come in our doors and save us? Well, we saw a  whole bunch of them today! Here they are: Here’s another view of more of them: Our church members […]

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They Buried The Lead

In journalism school, we were taught to not “bury the lead.” Whatever the most important fact of a story is, don’t stick it way down in the middle. Put it right at the start, so everybody can read it clearly. Heather Hahn is out with a story on an updated survey on United Methodist views […]

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The Other 2,099 Christian Clerks

As newly minted media martyr, Kim Davis, enjoys what is no doubt the last of her fifteen minutes, I’ve heard many on the Religious Right repeat the following call to action: “We (read: “Christians”) need to support a Christian’s right to practice their faith.” As a Christian Minister myself, I am a pretty big supporter […]

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No. It’s Not the Same.

I’ve not commented publicly on the Kim Davis issue thus far. Primarily because it’s clear to me Davis is now, at best, simply courting publicity and being used by the Christian Right to further the “Meme” of so-called widespread “American Christian persecution.” She seems to enjoy this spotlight, as a poster-child for this false flag. […]

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The Jot and Tittle of Ginny Mikita’s Situation

This week, the United Methodist world has been up in arms at the treatment of Ginny Mikita. Mikita, a lay woman from a church in Michigan, has been summarily removed from church membership by her annual conference authorities, because she obtained an online ordination for the purpose of presiding at the same sex wedding of […]

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