Last month I met with other state ecumenical executives at our annual retreat. There are only about 30 of us in the country. Twenty were at the retreat. Of those, five of us are facing closure in 2014.
On the one hand, we are victims of our own success. Thirty years ago it was necessary [...]
Once upon a time, a man was raised to believe that his community’s way of thinking and doing things was the only right way. More than that – people who are different are not just wrong, but quite possibly evil and should be avoided. Are we amazed to learn that this man, when sent by [...]
We at Texas Conference of Churches are approaching the end of our fiscal year, and to be honest, I’m in a small panic. Like many other nonprofits, we wait for people to fulfill their pledges until the very last minute. It’s tough to run an organization that way.
Gone are the days of Christian [...]
I used to teach courses in Christian Worship at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. We lived about 50 miles due east in Detroit Lakes. Monday through Friday I’d climb into my little Dodge Omni, making sure to unplug the block heater first, stuff my parka down around me, and drive those 50 miles. A good [...]
Is Ecumenism Possible?
The answer depends upon what you mean by ecumenism.
Back in the hay day of the movement, when we all knew all of the words to Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell, and before VW decided to stop making the ubiquitous bus so necessary to doing good in the world — back in [...]
Eugene Register-Guard July 23, 1966
I Googled “Living Room Dialogues Ecumenism” this morning. The first result was an image of page 2A of the Eugene Register-Guard newspaper from 1966, “Living Room Dialogues Planned for Fall in Eugene” was the headline. In smaller type, “In the Spirit of Ecumenism: discussion not argument” .
A stranger landing in a strange land doesn’t know the language, has a different default setting for how things should be done, and is probably tracking all sorts of alien bacteria and spores on the bottom of their shoes into this new place. The stranger is immediately changed by seeing unfamiliar terrain, and making all [...]
Being a pastor is tough to explain to folks who aren’t in the church business. For that matter, it’s not that much easier to talk about with parishioners. Some people think you don’t work much except on Sundays. Others may think that because this is ministry, as opposed to a regular job, you don’t really [...]
How many congregations? What’s the Sunday attendance? What’s the membership? How many members in the denomination? How many have left? How many are left?
Head count takes up our attention in the church, just as it does in many organizations. We need people to do the work of the church, and we need their support. [...]
We brought Java home, an enthusiastic bundle of fur, and got him acquainted with his crate. Every night he’d be tucked in with an old towel and something to chew. Each morning, we’d let him out, and stand back ruefully as more dog than we started with emerged.
Of course we wanted him to [...]