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Patrick Scriven

Oliveto Music

Art by Patrick Scriven

Wrestling with "pessimistic aparthy" about next week's Judicial Council meeting, Patrick Scriven of the Pacific Northwest Conference turns to music for both insight and solace. more

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Jesus Election

After.Church Illustration

Jesus had a lot to say about the kind of human attitudes that have pervaded the U.S. presidential election, and it's past time we listened to him, writes Patrick Scriven. more

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Tower of Babel

Photo Courtesy of After.Church

Understanding that our human constructs have limits is essential to recognizing the problems The United Methodist Church faces today, writes Patrick Scriven, who offers some questions to help resolve our confusions. more

Practicing Faith 2 Comments

Maturity tiles

Photo Courtesy of Patrick Scriven

People with spiritual maturity are needed to save the 2016 General Conference, writes Patrick Scriven of the Pacific-Northwest Annual Conference. more

2016 General Conference

Toilet paper hanging

Courtesy of Patrick Scriven

Language and music count far less than a sense of authenticity when it comes to choosing a style of worship, writes Patrick Scriven. more

Local Church

While damages from Hurricane Michael are only beginning to be assessed, United Methodist Committee on Relief partners are already on the ground in the Florida Panhandle to help. more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Just as many celebrate Mother's Day with sensitivity, a similar approach might be warranted as we celebrate the UMC’s first 50 years in light of this week's developments, writes Patrick Scriven. more

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The terrible news of attacks in Syria prompt Pacific Northwest Conference communicator Patrick Scriven to examine the United Methodist Church's stances on war and peace. more

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As more conferences meet the challenge to invest fully in our national and international United Methodist witness, what accounts for the regional differences that remain? asks Patrick Scriven of Pacific Northwest Conference. more

Finance and Administration

Oliveto Music

Art by Patrick Scriven

Wrestling with "pessimistic aparthy" about next week's Judicial Council meeting, Patrick Scriven of the Pacific Northwest Conference turns to music for both insight and solace. more

Perspectives

Jesus Election

After.Church Illustration

Jesus had a lot to say about the kind of human attitudes that have pervaded the U.S. presidential election, and it's past time we listened to him, writes Patrick Scriven. more

Perspectives

Tower of Babel

Photo Courtesy of After.Church

Understanding that our human constructs have limits is essential to recognizing the problems The United Methodist Church faces today, writes Patrick Scriven, who offers some questions to help resolve our confusions. more

Practicing Faith 2 Comments

Maturity tiles

Photo Courtesy of Patrick Scriven

People with spiritual maturity are needed to save the 2016 General Conference, writes Patrick Scriven of the Pacific-Northwest Annual Conference. more

2016 General Conference

Toilet paper hanging

Courtesy of Patrick Scriven

Language and music count far less than a sense of authenticity when it comes to choosing a style of worship, writes Patrick Scriven. more

Local Church

U.S. denominations face the same surplus of church buildings that now challenges Europe. Patrick Scriven takes stock of how those buildings could be used. more

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Door Close

Photo Courtesy of After.Church

Like the unwired "Door Close" buttons in an elevator, Patrick Scriven challenges the Church's rigged system that shuts out most people from initiating and participating in beneficial change. more

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Granny and Mohawk

Photo Courtesy of Patrick Scriven

God is creating the church of our grandchildren at this very moment, and those in today's leadership could benefit this transition if they were to let go of their denominations, writes Patrick Scriven. more

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Pacific-Northwest communicator Patrick Scriven explains in parable fashion why the Millennial generation has little or no interest in taking over their parents' church. more

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Church Mobile

Pacific Northwest Art Courtesy of Patrick Scriven

Unless it adapts quickly, The United Methodist Church will miss a critical opportunity to serve the spiritual needs of the mobile, digitally focused society we have become, writes Patrick Scriven. more

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Pacific Northwest Conference communicator Patrick Scriven laments the contentious United Methodist context that now threatens so much valuable ministry and mission. more

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Innovation

Illustration Courtesy of Patrick Scriven

The United Methodist Church doesn't need any more innovative pastors, writes Patrick Scriven of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. What it really needs is to empower its laypeople to share their faith in innovative ways. more

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Ringmaster

By Thomas Hawk, Flickr

Patrick Scriven of the Pacific Northwest Conference ponders what UM clergy and congregations will do now that Washington state has approved same-sex marriage. more

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A Bishop's Prayer

UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Patrick Scriven of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference explores the wider implications of the statement on homosexuality adopted by the Western Jurisdiction. more

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