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Reclaiming Jesus: How Confessing Faith Can Respond to a Moral and Constitutional Crisis.

For the past two Sundays we have been reflecting on a document that was written just recently and signed by Bishops, pastors, and scholars from all over the country. The document is called “Reclaiming Jesus: How Confessing Faith Can Respond to a Moral and Constitutional Crisis.” Here is the part of the document that we will focus on this coming Sunday:

“We believe how we treat the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger, the sick, and the prisoner is how we treat Christ himself. (Matthew 25: 31 – 46) ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ God calls us to protect and seek justice for those who are poor and vulnerable, and our treatment of people who are ‘ …


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No Longer Jew or Greek

When I entered the ministry in the early 80’s, about half the group that was ordained that year were women. This was a major shift going on in the United Methodist Church. The Church was shifting from a clergy men’s club (and mostly a white men’s club) to a more inclusive group of leaders. I cannot imagine life as it had been. My life has been enriched by clergy women friends who have been supportive of me and taught me a great deal. I hope that I have done the same.
 
I still remember a conversation that I had with a leader of the first church I served. I was moving on after serving that congregation for five years. This church leader was telling me why it would be terrible for the Bishop to appoint a woman as their next pastor. He said to me, “You have to understand that we had a woman pastor once and it didn’t work out.” This church was over 120 years old. They had had dozens of incompetent male pastors over the years including one who had been arrested at the parsonage for child molestation. But all that he could remember was one female pastor who didn’t work out. Whatever that means.
 
I have heard the stories …

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Pastor Steve Lundin