#ministry + embracing nonconformity

Last week was interesting to say the least. It started off simple enough with some phone calls regarding my career, applying for jobs, co-writing blog posts, not doing my dishes, watching C-SPAN in bed, and advocating for my annual conference (PNW) to embrace nonconformity to our denomination’s Book of Discipline.

No big deal. #ministry

In a lot of ways, I am still processing last week and praying (thoughts & action) that the PNW Non-Conformity is implemented well, even if ruled against by our Judicial Council.

I’m processing the overwhelming yes that my annual conference voted on to join the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

I’m processing the move towards complete divestment from fossil fuels that passed as well.

In many ways, the PNW decided to be nonconformist!  Inclusion, women’s health, and divestment were successful in my annual conference, but all lost during General Conference. I feel hopeful and continue to advocated to the best of my ability. Most of all I’m tired, but the work keeps moving.


Next steps in UMC polity are change on the jurisdictional level and I am watching the Western Jurisdiction like a hawk, praying that they will be prophetic. And now, it’s time to apply to a few more jobs.

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