The Intersections of Life in the UMC

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Not Paranoid

Mike-

First, thanks for the mention of the Rethink Bishop blog. As the writer of that post, I wanted to mention that I think you are not paranoid. Every system has the ability to be "abused." The abuse I could see with the idea I proposed is the exact thing you name. If "placements" are just used to "placate" to a demographic then it is abuse in my opinion.

The challenge is always going to be how we can build up a community that recognizes that we are all in this together. Too often we get caught up in our view of "placements" and what they mean for the individual. I have been trying to learn to instead force the question back on myself and ask: "How is God calling me in this place?" and that came when I was initially placed in a setting that didn't match my gifts/passions well at all but still I believe even through the brokenness of the system God used me to bless that community and for that community to bless me in my growing leadership.

Justin Halbersma more than 4 years ago

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Bishop Laurie Haller delivers the Episcopal Address at the 2017 session of the Iowa Annual Conference.“Are you modeling the love of Christ to everyone who walks through the doors of your churches? What are you doing outside your buildings for the people most in need in your communities, the state of Iowa, and this world? Are all of your many activities making a difference? Where’s your runway?”

– Bishop Laurie Haller in her first episcopal address to the Iowa Annual Conference.

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