Real Life

2019 Recap: Farewell to an Exhausting Year

Where do I even start? A fair number of big things happened in 2019. I am, to put it mildly, pretty tired. Here's why. I Went Vegan One of the main tenets of Methodism is "Do no harm." In 2019, I tried to minimize the harm I cause, starting with what I eat. I'm pretty… Continue reading 2019 Recap: Farewell to an Exhausting Year

Real Life

My Rage-Fueled Grown-Up Christmas List

Last night, while waiting for the bus, I got angry. It happened while I was reading updates on the impeachment trial and accompanying Tweets from Methodists annoyed with the proceedings. They have every right to be frustrated. Ten months ago, queer Methodists (myself included) and their allies were denied inclusion in the Methodist denomination. It… Continue reading My Rage-Fueled Grown-Up Christmas List

Music

Methodist Despair Playlist: Part 3 (explicit)

This is the final part of my Methodist Despair playlist. Today I pull out Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and Lily Allen. I earned that "explicit" tag. Be warned. "I'm Not That Guy" from Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson When you have no one to show you what to do How do you find your way? When your country doesn't… Continue reading Methodist Despair Playlist: Part 3 (explicit)

Music

Methodist Despair Playlist: Part 2 (explicit)

I'm back with more sad songs. For context, I am forgoing food this morning, filling my stomach instead with boiling hot caramel tea - doctor's orders. Let that guide your reading experience. "Make Them Hear You" from Ragtime Go out and tell our story Let it echo far and wide Make them hear you Make them… Continue reading Methodist Despair Playlist: Part 2 (explicit)

Music

Methodist Despair Playlist: Part 1 (explicit)

After the UMC vote in February, I turned to a classic coping mechanism. That's right: I made a Spotify playlist. You can listen to it, if you want. I titled it Methodist Despair. My feelings about the vote were complex and sometimes explicit. I didn't know what else to do, so I turned to music… Continue reading Methodist Despair Playlist: Part 1 (explicit)

Real Life

No Longer a Methodist

Yesterday, the United Methodist church voted to uphold its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ+ clergy. Because of this, my home church will likely leave the denomination. I don't know what entails. The anger and disappointment are coming on slowly. I didn't think this would actually happen. When my pastor proposed the four different plans… Continue reading No Longer a Methodist

Real Life

Ambivalent Accidental Methodist

I made the jump. After hanging around evangelicals, tolerating Southern Baptists, and trying my hand at Presbyterianism, I now attend a Methodist church. My new church is a good deal more liberal than my past churches. I don't really know how this happened. * After graduating from college, I left the church my parents had… Continue reading Ambivalent Accidental Methodist