The Grace of Wildflowers

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The Grace of Wildflowers

In my morning musings today, before I read your excellent piece here, I was also wondering if the time has come to acknowledge that we must let the UMC die gracefully. I weep at the thought. The UMC has, as you have so well stated, been life-saving to many, including me. Nonetheless, I am only too aware that everything has a life span, and when we try to pump life into something already deep into the dying process, we expend resources poorly. Wildflowers have a short season, some trees live for thousands of years, but all will eventually die. That is the nature of life--and of institutions. There is much grief here. But also hope. New life does indeed arise from death. That is, after all, the core of the Gospel.

Christy Thomas more than 2 years ago

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Zach Hoag"These are apocalyptic times for American Christianity, in the literal sense that they are revealing times. The decline of Christian faith in the U.S. is, I believe in part, a result of this revelation. There is a deep compromise with the wealth, power and violence of the empire at work in the church in our "In another sense, though, I remain hopeful and resolute. Despite the percentage of evangelicals who voted for and support Trump, I believe we are witnessing the last angry gasps of a perspective that is coming to a necessary end as a dominant force in American society."

– Zach Hoag, author of "The Light Is Winning: Why Religion Just Might Bring Us Back to Life," interviewed by Jonathan Merritt for Religion News Service.

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