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Jerry Eckert

Gleaning at General Conference

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All human institutions, including The United Methodist Church, are dysfunctional in some ways, but the Rev. Jerry Eckert thinks the UMC's assets still outweigh its defects. Read more

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The fall Judicial Council rulings show some concerns for United Methodist governance, especially in terms of bishops' accountability and the vulnerability of local pastors, writes the Rev. Jerry Eckert of Associates in Advocacy. Read more

Finance and Administration

With a long-term perspective, the Rev. Jerry Eckert sees the subject of the 2019 General Conference a much less important topic than saving the planet. Read more

A Way Forward 4 Comments

Disgust towards LGBTQ+ people stems from our physical self-defense mechanism protecting us against harm by something unfamiliar, says the Rev. Jerry Eckert, who overcame his disgust by getting to know LGBTQ people as individuals. Read more

Perspectives 4 Comments

The Rev. Jerry Eckert wants posterity to know that in the midst of the UMC's current turmoil, some traditionalists don't agree with the version of "tradition" that's most often being promoted. Read more

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The insights of a longtime friend's faith journey prompt the Rev. Jerry Eckert to revisit the Lord's Prayer for new meaning. Read more

Practicing Faith

Veteran church advocate the Rev. Jerry Eckert says that we need somehow to balance zero tolerance for sexual misconduct with fair investigations that could root out potential false allegations. Read more

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Florida National Guard

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After their experience with Hurricane Charlie, the Rev. Jerry Eckert and his wife Ann weren't going to wait around to see if Hurricane Irma battered their home in Port Charlotte, Fla. Read more

Global Health

America-Jesus

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If the U.S. government endorses one version of Christianity as the national religion, what about the rest of us? asks the Rev. Jerry Eckert. Read more

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Gleaning at General Conference

UMNS Photo by Kathleen Barry

All human institutions, including The United Methodist Church, are dysfunctional in some ways, but the Rev. Jerry Eckert thinks the UMC's assets still outweigh its defects. Read more

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The fall Judicial Council rulings show some concerns for United Methodist governance, especially in terms of bishops' accountability and the vulnerability of local pastors, writes the Rev. Jerry Eckert of Associates in Advocacy. Read more

Finance and Administration

What must we do to regain our integrity in The United Methodist Church? asks the Rev. Jerry Eckert. Read more

Perspectives

Conscientious objection, not schism, is the true Methodist way of dealing with disagreements over moral and ethical issues, contends the Rev. Jerry Eckert. Read more

Advocating Justice

As talk of United Methodism's separation continues, the Rev. Jerry Eckert muses on whether that strategy might put its proponents in a box they can't escape. Read more

Perspectives 3 Comments

Discipline Cover

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In response to a young friend's question about tactics in the homosexuality debate, the Rev. Jerry Eckert draws on his half-century of pastoral experience to examine how the Book of Discipline has been used, misused, abused and ignored. Read more

Perspectives 5 Comments

United Methodist "jurors" have many more options available to them than "not guilty" or "revoke credentials" in a pastor's church trial, writes the Rev. Jerry Eckert. Read more

In the Church 1 Comments

Cost of Church Trials

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The Rev. Jerry Eckert, a volunteer with Associates in Advocacy, adds up the many expenses involved with a church trial under the United Methodist judicial system. Read more

In the Church 10 Comments

Ordinands

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Drawing on 50 years of observation, the Rev. Jerry Eckert looks at changing patterns in The United Methodist Church and what they might mean for the denomination's future. Read more

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Holy Communion

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Trust and the Bishops

The Rev. Jerry Eckert counts the ways that he finds United Methodist bishops have eroded the church's trust and respect. Read more

May 21, 2012 11:31 PM Jerry Eckert 3 Comments

Ghostbusters 2

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Taking a cue from the spirit-filled movie, "Ghostbusters II," the Rev. Jerry Eckert ponders where the United Methodist system allows for the guidance of God's Holy Spirit. Read more

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Legislative Committee

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The Rev. Jerry Eckert outlines a different set of priorities for the General Conference than those put forth by United Methodist leadership Read more

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