Building Strong Families

Recently, the Family Research Council (FRC) released its Fourth Annual Index of Family Belonging. We believe that strong, lifelong marriages are important because they reflect God’s perfect plan for human flourishing, alongside single people who are committed to...

Tearing Down Trust

Part of the fallout from the ongoing conflict within The United Methodist Church over the church’s ministry with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons is the damage to people’s trust in the church.  The erosion of trust in the institution of the church and...

Methodism in the Therapy Room, Part II

Last week, we began examining how the therapeutic conflict-resolution process based on family systems theory can inform our understanding of the conflict within Methodism today.  Steps one and two are: 1. Engage in conversation, seek to find the understandable part in...

Methodism in the Therapy Room, Part I

My wife, Mary, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and I have learned a lot from her over the years about relationships and dealing with conflict. She and I were talking about the current situation in The United Methodist Church and analyzing it from a...