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…

Ever get the feeling that you can’t ask difficult questions at church?…

Before a Pope in the 11th Century changed it, Advent was a parallel period of preparing—like Lent, a time of getting ready, full of lessons and singing, and anticipating a new birth as a follower of the Christ.

October Worship Series: Sacraments Our Worship Theme for October is “Sacraments.” We will be taking a deeper look at the things we do in worship that are “extra special” to our faith tradition. The definition of sacrament is: an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. They are moments that are especially…

September Worship Series: Krazy Kinfolk Bible stories of two fathers highlight the role of parental authority, helping us try to understand the love of a parent for a child. Father Knows Best: the story of Jephthah (Judges 11:34-40), a bad father who sacrifices his daughter to fulfill a foolish vow (used as a boast to…

In a spirit of cooperation, the three arms of St. John’s have come together with a plan to maximize the potential of the sanctuary for all three groups, while at the same time, filling the need for some much needed repairs and upgrades to the space. The plan involves removing the current pews, resurfacing the…

On July 12, 2015, some 18 years after first becoming a Reconciling Congregation in the United Methodist Church, after much conversation and prayer, our St. John’s on the Lake UMC congregation reached a full consensus to make our Sanctuary open for all weddings, including same-sex marriages, recently ruled Legal and Constitutional by the US Supreme…

Over my lifetime, I and my family, like many of yours, have advocated for and participated in various equality and protests movements in our land, including Civil Rights in the 50’s and 60’s, anti-war protests of the 60’s and 70’s, the Equal Rights movement of the 70’s, and now Marriage Equality of today. So today’s…

August Worship Series: Hollywood Theology Most of us come out of a really good movie feeling that we are somehow changed after having experienced that particular artistic project. That often includes knowing things you might not have know before, or understanding concepts you hadn’t before; recognizing characters in ourselves, our families, or the world at…

July Worship Series: Revolutions July typically begins with much thought and discussion around our American Revolution. We will be taking the entire month to explore issues surrounding revolutions of all kinds! Our songs, our words, and our lessons will all revolve around the affects and effects of revolutions of thought, politics, and deed. July 5th…

Just as every other group in the ancient middle east had folklore surrounding a “world wide flood,” so did the Jews. As a matter of fact they had two! Both the nor the/ kingdom (Israel)and the Southern kingdom (Judah) had stories that, while similar in important issues, are somewhat different in the details. During the…

Recent UMC headlines tell some of the story—Pastor defrocked by United Methodist officials; Pastor faces credentials loss over gay weddings; UMC suspends minister for performing same-sex union; Rift grows for United Methodists; Bishop drops case on gay marriage; Kansas UMC Bishop pledges hundreds of trials. Schism—it’s such a loaded word! Methodists are really struggling with…


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