“Jesus is on the cross. You will sit quietly for the next three hours and respect that.” Can you imagine telling that to your children and expecting them to sit quietly from noon to three p.m. on Good Friday? And … Continue reading Jesus Is On The Cross–Sit Still and Think About It.
She’s been living a lie and I’m deeply troubled about this even as others are cheering her on. I write of the Rev. Cynthia Meyer, a long time pastor, and her announcement to her church on Sunday, January 3, 2016. From this … Continue reading A Violation of Integrity: “Coming Out” as a Lesbian Clergyperson?
I watched part of the Republican debate last night (Dec. 15). I chose to listen with a more generous spirit than I have to date. Each candidate genuinely believes that he/she is uniquely suited to be President of the US, … Continue reading Shall We Do Evil So That Good Will Come?
Most of us can agree on major goals. For the church, it is “Love God with all your heart, mind, strength and soul and love your neighbor as yourself” and “Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the … Continue reading To Trust in The Lord
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: As a pastor, I have come to dread “Pastor Appreciation Month,” because it quickly becomes “Pastor EVALUATION Month,” where people express their resentments. I’ve spent three decades doing this work that has swallowed me whole and … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Clergy Appreciation Month and Reluctant Communicant
Battling the Systems Like just about everyone I know, I am in a constant battle with my body’s survival desire to put on weight. Vanity drives my battle. Cellular memory and human history drives my body. My body will ultimately win. … Continue reading Fighting the System: The Aging Body and the Aging UMC
Note: These are real questions, but the name of the questioner is withheld. Questions may be edited for the sake of clarity and brevity. If you have a question for The Thoughtful Pastor, feel free to email her at email@example.com or … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Screaming Babies and Communion Issues
Unlike IVF patients, who are primarily wealthy and white, women who have abortions are disproportionately poor and women of color, groups it has always been popular to condemn and regulate. This quotation from a Washington Post article on the free … Continue reading Why I Support Planned Parenthood
I originally wrote this a number of years ago, but with the recent post by blogger John Murdock, I decided to post it again. Murdock writes eloquently of the problems smaller churches face with the frequent rotation of clergy. Here’s the situation from the point of view of a pastor (now retired). One of the reasons I chose United Methodism as my place of service is the connectional system. I think such a system ultimately reflects more health and has more opportunity to be fully transformational than stand-alone isolated churches. Just as I don’t think there can be a spiritually … Continue reading Ponderings on Itinerancy and Appointability
I’m in a state of shock. I cannot believe that in this day and time a church can get away with this. But the male ego and the need for authority over others has no bounds, particularly in a church … Continue reading Women in The Village Church Beware: “You Got No Right to Leave”