Social Justice

A Confession

The United Methodist Church, which I have considered my church, succumbed to a ruthless and effective political strategy and to the meanness of human imagination. It fell because hearts failed, courage failed, and because too many of us cannot tell the difference between hate and love. It fell because we have relied too much on… Continue reading A Confession

Worship

Six Things You Can Change Right Now to Improve Your Worship Music.

I know some of you are here: you lead a small membership church, with a long history, a traditional outlook and an aging population of members. You are doing great ministry and reaching out into your communities. You see visitors regularly and have a really fantastic community to share with them. Unfortunately, your music program is… Continue reading Six Things You Can Change Right Now to Improve Your Worship Music.

Social Justice

How You Can Build a Better Peace

    I thought I would start 2016 with a list of single steps any one of us can take towards building a better peace. 1. Quit watching the news. Whether you get your news online, from the TV, out of a local newspaper or via NPR on the morning commute, just turn it off. You don't need… Continue reading How You Can Build a Better Peace

Social Justice

Peace

I recently wrote an email to one of my state legislators, Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, asking him not to let fear get the better of compassion, by slowing and stopping the immigration process for refugees fleeing war in Syria. I received a written response from Senator Grassley, for which I am thankful. His letter closes… Continue reading Peace