By Jon Copeland
In seeking to find itself in history, the Southern Identity must deny romance for both the plantation and the secession to preserve the plantation.
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.
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.
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?
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.