February 26th, 2018 | 31 mins 18 secs
clergy women, competition, hierarchy, leadership, ministry, perfection, power, privilege, united methodist church
Lindsey Baynham is now the Associate Director of Call, Candidacy, and Discernment for the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, after having served in the local church in Northern Virginia and in campus ministry. As a 31 year old, bi-racial clergy woman, Lindsey is noticing the expectations and boxes people place upon and around her, and in a denomination on the verge of shutdown, learning to navigate, reframe, and redeem the hierarchies, power, privilege, competition, and perfection in the midst of it all.
February 16th, 2018 | 38 mins 21 secs
church, divided, faith, leadership, ministry, politics, trump, united methodist church, women
Christy Thomas, former academic dean, retired United Methodist pastor in North Texas, journalist, author, contributor at Patheos as the Thoughtful Pastor, and newly wed, talks about learning to love people over politics and ideology. Christy shares her story of falling in love with the wrong kind of person and now living in a house divided as a progressive Christian writer married to a conservative Republican during the most contentious election of her lifetime. She also examines the brokenness in the United Methodist Church, shares her take on it's future, and suggests that what the United Methodist Church needs right now more than anything else is her own Trump.