the tension of ordination
there are things i really love about the united methodist church. theologically i am comfortable alligning myself them, for the most part. there are times when i love how they deal with social issues like war, homosexuality, abortion, etc and there are other times when i hate the way they deal with them. as of right now i would define myself as a post-denominationalist, but practically speaking, that is a bit impossible in the united states. it is also quite untrue because i am a member of the united methodist church, am working at a u.m. church, and am attending a u.m. seminary receiving u.m. money. the question i deal with everyday is whether or not i can faithfully begin the ordination process for this denomination with all of my problems that i have with it. i suppose i'll have serious issues with any denomination, so is it possible to be ordained without pledging allegiance to a denomination? i just don't know if i want to go through all of this shit. and from what i've heard by other "candidates" for ordination, that is exactly the word to describe it.