Better Together: Embodied Community

By Thomas Lambrecht The slogan “We Are Better Together” has been used for everything from a political campaign to the headline for efforts to keep The United Methodist Church from separating. Efforts to promote greater unity in our country deserve support. After all, this is the only country we have, and we need to learn… Continue reading Better Together: Embodied Community

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Iowa Cabinet Jumps the Gun

By Thomas Lambrecht In the sport of track, races are often set off by the firing of a starter’s gun. Racers who cross the starting line and begin the race before the gun fires are said to have “jumped the gun.” That is exactly what the Iowa Appointive Cabinet has done by issuing its statement,… Continue reading Iowa Cabinet Jumps the Gun

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A Time to Prepare

By Thomas Lambrecht – In the church calendar, the Advent season – the four weeks leading up to Christmas – are set aside as a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth. The idea is taken from Isaiah 40:3, “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord,… Continue reading A Time to Prepare

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Boundaries of the Faith

  By Thomas Lambrecht – I recently read a diagnosis that said many of the ills in today’s society can be traced to the blurring or ignoring of boundaries. That same diagnosis can serve to describe much of what ails The United Methodist Church. Boundaries in Doctrine John Wesley was clear from the beginning that… Continue reading Boundaries of the Faith

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Finding (Another) Way Forward

By Thomas Lambrecht – Since the 2016 General Conference, The United Methodist Church has been trying to find a way to resolve our differences that can be supported by a majority of the denomination. The Commission on a Way Forward was set up to bring recommendations to a special General Conference in 2019. Unfortunately, the… Continue reading Finding (Another) Way Forward

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​​​​​​​Parsing Protocol Questions

By Thomas Lambrecht- A few weeks ago, the Rev. Adam Hamilton was interviewed by UM News Service on his thoughts about the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation. He said, “Generally, the idea of allowing people to graciously exit with their buildings, I think almost everybody has agreed to that.” Hamilton notes this is a significant change from… Continue reading ​​​​​​​Parsing Protocol Questions

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Options for Clergy under the Protocol

By Thomas Lambrecht – As might be expected, the proposed adoption of the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation by the 2022 General Conference has provoked anxiety among clergy wanting to understand its implications for their future service in the church. This article aims to bring clarity to the multiple options clergy will face… Continue reading Options for Clergy under the Protocol

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Pro-Life Logic

By Thomas Lambrecht – Controversy is ramping up over abortion, as several states have passed more restrictive laws and some are contemplating the possibility that the Supreme Court might reverse the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. The proposed new Global Methodist Church is unequivocal in support of a pro-life position. How are we to think about abortion in… Continue reading Pro-Life Logic

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Is the Protocol Constitutional?

By Thomas Lambrecht  – The Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation provides a way for amicable separation to resolve The United Methodist Church’s conflict over the authority and interpretation of Scripture, particularly related to ministry to and with LGBT persons. Some within the institution of United Methodism are fighting tooth and nail to prevent… Continue reading Is the Protocol Constitutional?

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