Commentary: United Methodists are question mark people



I am the question mark.

At the simplest level, this symbol (?) is a punctuation mark that indicates a question. It can also be used to express doubt or uncertainty about something, or as in my case… someone. A question mark symbolizes mystery.

Several weeks ago, I travelled through the U.S. talking about Fresh Expressions at three different United Methodist annual conferences. I spend a great deal of time in prayer and preparation for these opportunities to spread the word about the international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society.

This year was also a year when annual conferences voted on who would represent them at the upcoming 2020 General Conference.

When I arrived back at my own home conference in Florida, I was greeted by friends sporting black “UMC Next Florida” T-shirts displaying rainbow-colored United Methodist baptismal vows. “We will resist evil, injustice, and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves,” the rainbow writing said. Most of my centrist friends seemed to have found a home in this group. Also, lists of “approved progressive candidates” with their corresponding identification numbers to “help” the voting process were provided.

Click here to read the complete commentary by Rev. Beck courtesy United Methodist News.



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