It’s almost here. Our delegates are preparing for the work of the Special Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church which begins on Saturday. The energy leading into this gathering, not surprisingly ranges from hopeful and energetic to fearful and preemptively disappointed. How will the Spirit blow through our delegates to shape our global United Methodist Church? Will we choose inclusion, exclusion, or will we be paralyzed, unable to move in any direction?
I hope and I pray that the creative wisdom of God will blow in such a way that will reinvigorate our church. I pray the love of God will be so tangibly felt and experienced our whole denomination will turn towards wider expressions of that love. I pray that this is the time when our church will choose wide-open inclusion of all God’s children.
This Sunday, our series “Choose the Light,” continues as we choose to think together. Ronald Kessel will be preaching, and I’ll be with you in the pews, enjoying the rare treat of hearing someone else preach and teach. It seems wholly and holy fitting that Ronald invites us to wrestle with our beliefs and our doubts, our hearts and our minds, as our global church wrestles with our beliefs and doubts, our hearts and minds.
As we draw closer to the start of the Special Session, will you hold our whole global church in your prayers. Whatever happens, God will be with us, guiding, holding, comforting and calling. May God’s love prevail.
I’ll see you on Sunday,