Board of Silly Walks, Part 6

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Board of Silly Walks, Part 6

One nearly universal aspect of bureaucracies is that they tend to exist only to perpetuate themselves. It is very rare indeed to find one that actively argues for its own dissolution. That is not to say, by any means, that some don’t naturally phase themselves out of existence; after all, the human capacity for incompetence…

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Silly Walks 5

Board of Silly Walks, Part 5

The last couple of months have been quite busy, and between work, freelance projects and painting I have not had as much time as I normally would like to perusing the annals of the Board of Silly Walks. The Board of Silly Walks, of course, is my affectionate term for the General Board of Church…

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Reproductive Justice

General Board of Silly Walks, Part the Fourth

Every so often I find myself feeling a bit down, and the variegated attempts of the internet to lift my spirits end in abject failure. Like the Marshmallow People who find that the magic flying otter doesn’t ever work, sometimes nothing helps. No, not even my face being pretty soft. In times like that, I…

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Connectionalism

General Board of Silly Walks, Pt. 3

Growing up is hard to do.

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General Board of Silly Walks, Part Deux

For those within United Methodism (or even on the periphery) THAT time of year has come. Slightly more exciting than the extra day bestowed upon us every leap year is the Olympics of UMC-dom: General Conference. I know, it’s the awkward moment when you missed out on getting tickets to an event unrivaled in suspense,…

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The UMC General Board of Silly Walks

One of Monty Python’s greatest sketches is The Ministry of Silly Walks, a commentary on how bloated bureaucracies exist only to perpetuate themselves, and in doing so, result in a great amount of silliness. I was directed to a recent article by Jim Winkler, the General Secretary of the General Board of Church & Society…

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