Racism Isn’t Exceptional

Racism Isn’t Exceptional

By Brandon Lazarus

Racism is not a problem of a few individual people or even a few individual actions. It is important to respond when these events come up, but we must also continue to work against a system that continues to say that black skin means less and that black lives don’t matter.

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The Gifts of Tears and Laughter

The Gifts of Tears and Laughter

We want the United Methodist Church to be a church where no one walks alone – a church where all of its 12 million and rising members walk together across geographies and ideologies – a church where those who come in alone never leave alone – a church that walks out into the community seeking out those who walk alone in order to walk with them – a church where true kinship is known by all who connect with it.

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Pruning, Tree Farming, or a Forest Fire? (Revisited)

Pruning, Tree Farming, or a Forest Fire? (Revisited)

I don’t claim any special expertise as an arborist, but the metaphor of the church as a forest may be useful as we consider the needs of the United Methodist Church. When I consider the state of the UMC, I begin to wonder, has the canopy of United Methodism become too thick?

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Rethink Seminary

Rethink Seminary

I am getting excited about beginning my theological education at Perkins School of Theology in less than a month. The decision of which seminary/school of theology to attend was pretty easy for me.

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