Why I’m not afraid of General Conference

I’ve been thinking a lot about John Meunier’s question “What would it take for us to trust each other?” in this final week before our United Methodist General Conference. I have real reservations with what seems like a corporate world attitude about the solutions to our problems as a denomination. I have all sorts of critiques to level against the various proposals being considered. But I was convicted of something this past weekend at a wedding of two dear friends who are both Methodist pastors that was co-officiated by our conference’s beloved director of ordained ministry Beth Downs. Sitting around the reception table with dozens of other Methodist pastors, it really hit me that the Virginia Conference is a family, and we will continue to be a family no matter what happens next week in Tampa at General Conference. I’m not afraid of Tampa because compassionate, brilliant human beings like Beth Downs will be down there representing us. Continue reading