I needed a word.
This morning, I heard the Word.
We are blessed in life with people who teach us the importance of leadership. Pope Francis is such a one. Pope Francis has spoken words that have sparked hope in such a way that the whole Christian movement is awakened to possibility.
One of Pope Francis’ admirers preached this morning.
Bishop Sally Dyck was one of my teachers. She served as bishop in the Mn Annual Conference for eight years. During her time in God’s country she provided me with a model for what it is to be a woman in leadership.
It was amplified grace that she preached so powerfully this morning at General Conference. Bishop Dyck preached about our shared need to live mercy together.
She wondered how it is we singularly call out homosexuality as incompatible with Christian teaching. (That statement in itself is without mercy – my words, not hers). To further compound the pain of that statement, the UM church is woefully silent about other things that are incompatible with Christian teaching – things like racism and gun violence and desecration of the earth and, well, you get her meaning.
We heard a word this morning at General Conference. Thanks be to God.
I’m done with my time at General Conference. I will go to a fundraiser tonight and thrill to the music of the Indigo Girls. The concert is given to support the vision of full inclusion in the United Methodist Church. It will be so good to be in a place where mercy is sung. We need those words.
I will get on a plane at 7:00 AM tomorrow morning and happily resume my life.
And the work of the church will go on. Legislation will be brought to the floor of General Conference next week. We will learn more about the future of our United Methodist Church.
Pray for our delegates. Pray for all who are gathered in Portland – the volunteers and protesters, the hopeful and the dispirited. Pray for our bishop Bruce Ough. Pray for the Good News Movement and pray for the too many who have been hurt by the language and silence of our church.
Let us pray and live mercy.