Most of our country right now is reveling in Autumn… a time of year when everything feels crisp, and full of excitement and possibility…

The wall against LGBTQ persons in the United Methodist Church has begun to come down. This June—following the recent disaster of May when our once-every-four-years General Conference, meeting in Portland, Oregon, kicked the can down the road regarding being an inclusive denomination and the conservative, orthodox delegates won every issue—several Annual Conferences started taking the…

In the late 1860s, before there was an official Mother’s Day holiday in the U.S., a Methodist mom organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote peace and reconciliation.

Yesterday, the UMC Bishop in Kansas announced that efforts at a “Just Resolution” failed and that the Bishop recommended to the Nebraska-Kansas Annual Conference to proceed to a church trial for a pastor. This pastor, Rev. Cynthia Meyer, came out to her Kansas congregation during a January 3rd sermon. The “Just Resolution” is a mediation…

A Leading Voice in the LGBT Community Our church’s commitment to the LGBT Community has been a central part of our mission as a congregation for many years, highlighted by our designation as a “Reconciling Congregation” within the United Methodist Denomination. Although we have held this title for 18 years, many on the beach still…

Collapse of American Privilege: How Jesus speaks to today’s crises via the Sermon on the Mount As evidenced by this year’s presidential race, Americans today are inundated by situations of fear, uneasiness, pain, crisis, and mistrust. So much of our dead-lock and polarization is because we are constantly setting ourselves over and against each other….

Easter—that prime example of God’s “agape” unconditional and freely given love! Join us for our Sunday celebration of the day when “Love triumphs over hate” and we learn that death is not the final answer.

So, are we really a divided church during these polarizing days? Here’s my attempt to keep all of us up to date on what’s happening as we find ourselves rapidly approaching the 2016 General Conference (May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon) as a “divided United Methodist Church.”

As you may know, St John’s has begun conversations about becoming “dually affiliated” with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

Join us for the Season of Lent at St John’s as we undertake a spiritual journey. Our worship series, “Gifts of the Dark Woods” focuses on those dark wood moments…

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