PASTOR’S PEN
 

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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Reclaiming Jesus

It is Wednesday night, April 4, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I watched the news a little while ago and the News Hour showed some clips of some of his greatest speeches and sermons. Once again I felt challenged but also saddened by our current situation with a resurgence of white nationalism and racial bigotry in our nation. Dr. King said, “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state.”
 
As the Church it is our job to be the conscience of the state, the city, the community. Recently, a group of Church leaders, pastors, priests, Bishops, and professors from all over the country, representing most of the major denominations, gathered together to pray and share their … 

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Pastor Steve Lundin