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Coming to a UMC near you...

Epworth UMC, in Rehoboth, DE held a special Church Conference this week. The reason? To decide whether or not the congregation should affiliate with the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN).

RMN is a network of indiviuals, churches, and campus ministries who feel that the UMC's policy and doctrine are at odds. They also lobby for ordination of practicing homosexuals and homosexual marriage.

Officially, the Church states that the "practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidiates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church." This is in the Book of Discipline, Prargraph 304.3, Regarding the ministry of the ordained.

In 2000, a Resolution was adopted affirming the "inestimable worth of each individual" which you can find here. In a nutshell, this resolution acknowledges that the church has an obligation …
It Snow secret...

I wanted to do a little happy dance this morning when J told me the news... Tony Snow as WH Press Secretary. (Or should that be Press Administrative Professional? Is he a big P or little p professional? And should we set aside a week to be aware of this? I think I covered all bases there)

Why do I want to do a happy dance?

1) Tony Snow is way cute. Sorry, I have to put that there. I mean, I will totally be happy to watch press conferences now.

2) Tony Snow will, hopefully, bring some intellectual honesty to the WH. He is most definitely NOT an ideologue, he is simply a conservative. I know that this job involves a huge amount of simply toeing the line, however, as a journalist (and not a career politico), Tony subcribes to a certain code of ethics.

3) I have missed him on Fox News Sunday. We don't have cable, so I cannot watch his other show, but Fox News Sunday is carried on the regular Fox stations. Not that I often get the opportunity to watch WH press c…
I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

Slurping soup or coffee or any other hot beverage should be illegal!!!!!!!!!!
In case there was ever any doubt...

"Just because Kelly says it's so, doesn't mean it's so."

Jon, that does not apply to you. If I say it's so, consider it so.
Everyone walks? Really?

Because that is not the message being sent by AFAN for the 2006 AIDS Walk. Before I go any further, I want to clarify how much I support AFAN's mission and applaud their efforts.

Ok, back to why I am upset by this morning's antics.

First and foremost is the timing. Did they deliberately schedule this for 10:00 on a Sunday morning? I volunteered months ago, whilst J and I were still without a church home; otherwise I too would have been counted out. I just wonder if they aren't discouraging the participation of the Christian community? Perhpas they think we wouldn't be interested? (Trust me, the timing wouldn't have kept the Westboro Baptisit kooks away if they really wanted to be there.) Not EVERY church worships Sunday mornings, but it is by far the prevailing time for corporate worship. So EVERYONE WALKS, except those "churchy types." (BTW, I did see a couple of Habitat friends. However, while Habitat is a faith-based …
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Mr Mom, blintz souffle, and lots of boxes.

That is my life these days.

J had to take the baby to the vet. He is such a good dad! She pretty much stayed true to form and hissed when they checked her out. The funny thing is, she always loved going for her kitten series. I think she must be turning into a teenager. I must also comment on how quiet she is this evening-- nothing like a bit of rabies vaccine to calm down our 6 pound tornado!

I am sitting here trying to eat yummy blintz souffle. The trouble is, I don't want to burn my mouth. This could easliy be solved by my waiting a few minutes for it to cool, but I am all about the instant gratitfication. My brother-in-law had something to offer on this subject...

Which brings me to the boxes. Because we are moving. I really hate moving. Really. Hate it. And I don't think that hate is too strong a word for my feelings about moving. Or change in general, for that matter. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the old …
Immigration Redux...

Please take the time to read Peggy Noonan's reflections on the recent march in NYC.

Thank you.
"Church Sign Smackdown"

It is a little old, but this is the best use ever of Church Sign Generator.

H/T: D C Thornton
Lazy blogger...

Yes, that's me. I won't slip back into former habits, though. I have done pretty well, I think, with posting regularly. It is a matter of quantity over quality, though.

Here's where my thoughts have been, and later, I shall post more thouroughly on each topic:

1) The Minutemen Project. I was in AZ this weekend, Yuma to be specific, and learned a bit more about them. I have to say, I really don't see them as viglantes, per se. You may be surprised at the diversity present in this organization.

2) Church "marketing," for lack of a better word. Out of Ur, a blog from Christianity Today has some interesting points to raise. I need to do some more reading, however, before I post further.

3) Bravery. Nicole Nordeman wrote a song along these lines. I may have mentioned it before, but I have been pondering the state of the Church in our nation, and wondering if religious freedom hasn't made us soft. Some think it has. Might they be right?

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Reasons why you may not be able to reach J this weekend...

1) He is working the boxing matches.

2) He checking out some of our friends' bands.

3) He is exploring the wonders of Red Rock Canyon.

4) He is at church, playing his bass.

5) He is in Primm, exploring some other wonders.

Yes, that's right. There is a giant Eva Longoria in the desert outside of Vegas. J is thinking that they might need someone to clean the dust off of it from time to time...
Why I love Craig's List...

I must say, this post makes me chuckle.

At least he isn't beating around the bush! No silly euphamisms here, thankyouverymuch.

Daddy day care?

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Originally uploaded by TheBassPlayersWife.
Last week, I was wondering where our webcam had gone. A quick check of the floor beside our computer desk, and voila!

The next day, same thing. I finally remembered to ask J about it, and he told me that Tele has taken to lounging atop our monitor.

I had not ever seen her do this, so he set out the snap her in flagrante delicto, as it were.

I confess to finding this terribly cute, and am now rethinking the whole flat panel monitor thingy.
Baby Steps...

At the end of this month, I will initiate a process which will break with at least five generations of women in my family. I will be taking my first offical steps away from the United Methodist Church. Of course, if you know some history, you know that the UMC has only been around since 1968, but before that, when it was just the Methodist Church, and even farther back-- to the Methodist Episcopal Church, Potter women were there.

My Gram refers to herself as a "dancing Methodist"-- when she was a girl, there were rules against drinking, dancing, and cards. Methodists, and the Methodist Church were very active in the temperance movement in general, and Methodist Women were a driving force in the WCTU specifically.

The history, the liturgy, these are where my heart lies. My very identity as a Christian start here. I have strong spiritual roots in this church. It is not easy to walk away from that.

I wanted to be able to stay and fight. I did stay and fight fo…

Obligatory Kelly Pic

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Originally uploaded by TheBassPlayersWife.In our neverending quest for the cheap and free, J and I headed north on I-15 this weekend. Our destination? Valley of Fire State Park, incidentally, Nevada's first state park.

We are both complete Red Rockophiles, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. My boss did tell us that this is the best time of year to go.

And I could see why.

Valley of Fire is the site of an ancient inland sea (Paleozoic Era, if I remember correctly.) The fossil record alone is pretty interesting. But what was most striking to use was the contrast. The floor of the valley is in full bloom, and ethereal carpet of hazy green. In contrast, the sandstone formations jutting up look like a conquered army of some ancient race of giants.

Of course, upon closer inspection, that green carpet? Not so soft. It is mostly small succelents and creosote bushes. And those felled giants? Nothing so fanciful, simply millions of years of water and d…
Ooooohhh Fuuudge!

A recent AP poll indicates that Americans are suffering from a worse case of potty mouth than ever. I know our cat even curses at us, I can see it in her face.

This little blurb got me thinking. I know my own ears and, if I am painfully honest, my own mouth have become significantly desensitized in the last couple years or so. I can never remember my parents using the "queen-mother of dirty words," and yet I have worked two places in the last few years where that word is quite commonplace. I am ashamed to think about how often it has passed my lips.

It was even discussed in our home as something to give up for Lent. Discussed, and then dismissed in favor of shopping and alcohol. Wow. Just writing that looks soooo bad to me right now. I think it is time for a "cuss jar" on Orangewood Lane.

Most families have at least one "cute" story of little pitchers and their big ears. My mum's wakeup call came when I was about 18 months old …