CategorySilly Walks

Board of Silly Walks: Part 7

Climate change is quickly become one of those areas of discussion loaded with its share of shibboleths. As I’ve argued elsewhere, the term itself can be an exercise in equivocation at best, an excursion in begging the question in the middle, and a rhetorical cudgel at worst. Which, of course, makes it excellent fodder for the interwebs, especially in respect to the sewers of the world wide web...

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 is the Occam’s Razor of any organizational foibles. It is often difficult...

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 and Society of the United Methodist Church, which, like the Ministry of Silly Walks of Monty Python...

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 have to pull out the big guns. It usually involves making a visit to the UMC General...

General Board of Silly Walks, Pt. 3

Growing up is hard to do. The UMC’s General Conference wrapped up earlier this month, leaving in its wake endless items for discussion, opining and bloviating. Not content to stay home while a very interesting train wreck is occurring, I followed the Twitter feeds and even watched quite a few of the live-streams. (The one where the rules were discussed was riveting.) Anyway, every week or...

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, action and scope. But never fear, it’ll happen again in 2016. Anyway...

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 for the UMC. After perusing its contents, I was struck by how the...

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