Saturday, March 16, 2019

2020 UMC General Conference: More of the Same

First United Methodist Church of Iowa City is holding a meeting next Sunday between members of the youth group and members of the Reconciling Ministries committee.  The youth want to share a statement they've written following the anti-LGBTQ vote at the 2019 UMC General Conference Special Session.  The Reconciling committee wants to meet and discuss next steps.  (I don't know if they will be steps to stay and fight or steps to walk away.)

I've committed to following efforts to create a progressive Methodist denomination and reporting them back to the group.  So far all I can report is the "wait and see what Judicial Council rules" response I'm finding everywhere.

I will also be sharing what the 2020 General Conference delegate distribution will be:

South Central11.83%
North Central10.21%
West Africa9.98%
Africa Central4.64%
Northern Europe & Eurasia2.32%
Central & Southern Europe1.62%

By my calculation, 28% of the delegates will come from progressive jurisdictions.  Please let me know before the March 24 meeting if my calculation is off.

Source: Here

Saturday, February 16, 2019

iHearIC Interview

The organizer of the iHearIC concert series also hosts a radio show on the University of Iowa student station.  He invited me on the show to read my poetry and to discuss the creative process.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Salt and Light by Jami Smith

We sang this song this morning for Epiphany Sunday.  It's my theme for the day!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Example of an ACTS prayer with a trinitarian format

Holy God, Holy and Mighty,
Holy and Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Gift of the Father’s unfailing grace,
Light from Light; True God from True God,
Dwell among us.

Source of Wisdom, Creation, Compassion,
Bringer of Justice, Peace, and Power,
Fill us.


You claim us as your sons and your daughters,
one tribe out of all,
but our love fails.

I have not forgiven tresspasses,
I have not loved others as myself,
Save me.

I am not a light to the world,
I am not a servant to others,
Free me.

I do not know how to build a just world,
I am not a peace-maker,
Transform me.


(I give thanks for family members, co-workers, and the difficult people in my life.)

Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Let me be employed by thee or set aside for thee,
Let me be full,
Let me be empty,
Let me have all things,
Let me have nothing,
I yield.