Dianne Glave: Ministry & Church

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Role in Diversity in the United Methodist Church

The Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church has rolled out two new positions, including my own, which focuses on diversity. Read more . . .

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I will “work with the Rev. William B. Meekins, Jr., the Bishop’s assistant, on issue related to racial diversity, multicultural and ethnic local church concerns. The work will include identifying and cultivating congregations with a potential for cross-racial appointments, developing support groups and working with churches and clergy in cross-racial or ethnic appointments.”

My positon will be part of a broader initiative of goal setting and implementation that includes diversity.

Ingomar Church: Goodbyes & Thank You

Dear Ingomar Church,

I recently learned that I am being reappointed to serve in the United Methodist Conference Center focusing on diversity. I will be supporting clergy and congregations in cross-cultural appointments, i.e., Korean pastors serving in white churches, white pastors serving African-American churches and black pastors serving in white churches. The new appointment begins July 1, 2015, so I will be leaving Ingomar Church in late June.

Reappointments and relocations often sound so practical and matter-of-fact, but each is tied to a full range of human emotions. I am saddened leaving this church and all the wonderful people.

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Looking back on my service here and observing the rich and lively God-centered ministries at Ingomar Church, I can truly testify that Christ is alive – past, present, and future in the church in our service together. I am grateful to visitors, friends of the church, members, the staff, lay leadership, and the senior pastor for all of the memories.
Among my many fond memories, the warmest is leading the children in prayer at the 9am and 11:15am services. I felt a connection to the children and by extension their parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers. I loved seeing the children run up the aisle, stand with such ease before the congregation, holding hands as we prayed together. I loved that the children asked me questions and made bold statements. I will also remember the joyful and quick responses of those who attend Together@10. Whenever I asked a question, I always received a collectively loud and lively response. I remember and appreciate every wonderful moment experienced at the church services, events, in the office, and even funerals.

Paul, the apostle, said to the church of Corinth, “Good-by, my friends. Do better and pay attention to what I have said. Try to get along and live peacefully with each other.” (2 Corinthians 13:11, Contemporary English Version). I will do better, pay attention, get along, and live peacefully in these last few months we spend together. I encourage all of you to do the same even when I am gone.

Blessings,

Pastor Dianne Glave

DISCIPLINARY QUESTIONS FOR PROVISIONAL MEMBERSHIP AND COMMISSIONING

 Western Pennsylvania Conference, United Methodist Church

Questions may vary from conference to conference

See 2012 Book of Discipline for Questions

(1)            Describe your personal experience of God and the understanding of God you derive from biblical, theological and historical sources.

(2)            What is your understanding of evil as it exists in the world?

(3)             What is your understanding of humanity, and the human need for divine grace?

SECTION II

(4)             How do you interpret the statement “Jesus Christ is Lord”?

(5)           What is your conception of the activity of the Holy Spirit in personal faith, in the community of believers and in responsible living in the world?

(6)            What is your understanding of the kingdom of God; the Resurrection; eternal life?

SECTION III

(7)            How do you intend to affirm, teach and apply Part II of the Discipline (Doctrinal Standards and Our Theological Task) in your work in the ministry to which you have been called?

(8)           Discuss your understanding of the primary characteristics of United Methodist polity.

(9)            How do you perceive yourself, your gifts, your motives, your role and your commitment as a provisional member and commissioned minister in the United Methodist Church?

SECTION IV

(10)        Describe your understanding of diakonia, the servant ministry of the church, and the servant ministry of the provisional member and commissioned minister.

(11)         What is the meaning of ordination in the context of the general ministry of the church?

(12)         Describe your understanding of an inclusive church and ministry.

(13)         You have agreed as a candidate for the sake of the mission of Jesus Christ in the world and the most effective witness of the gospel, and in consideration of their influence as ministers, to make a complete dedication of yourself to the highest ideals of the Christian life and to this end agree to exercise responsible self-control by personal habits conducive to bodily health, mental and emotional maturity, integrity in all personal relationships, fidelity in marriage and celibacy in singleness, social responsibility and growth in grace and the knowledge and love of God.  What is your understanding of this agreement?

SECTION V

(14)        The United Methodist Church holds that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience and confirmed by reason.  What is your understanding of this theological position of the Church?

(15)         Explain the role and significance of the sacraments in the ministry to which you have been called.

(16)         Describe the nature and mission of the Church.  What are its primary tasks today?

A Silver Lining: Race, Racism, & Ethnicity

In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. (Galatians 3:28, The Message)

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Hey, I am the first to say I don’t view church life through rose-colored glasses. I’m a pretty practical feet-planted-on-solid-ground person. So it makes sense I am guarded but hopeful about all of the modern issues concerning race, racism, & ethnicity in the US.

This month’s conversation, perhaps this year’s conversation concerning race relations took place on the street outside the church. I walked out of the church to be greeted by the street’s handy-man. He did odd jobs at the parsonage over the last several months. He texted me every holiday.

Well, today, he was landscaping a neighbor’s yard. He pulled himself up from his knees and crossed the street to talk to me.

He said, “I hear you are leaving. Is it because you wanted to get away from us white folks.”

I responded, “No, I’m actually headed to serve at another church so I have some new white folks.”

I went on to explain some of the internal financial issues at the current church that led to my new appointment.

ImageAs I walked away, I said to myself, “My how SOME things have changed.” Just 10, maybe even 5 years ago, an African American woman appointed to a United Methodist Church would have to assume that the congregation did not want her and there would be attempts to drive her from the church, instead of people wanting her to stay on. Even today, that is still the case.

ImageEveryone once in a while people surprise you. And I can say I was happily surprised by my first appointment as a United Methodist pastor in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. Good people . . . good church.

We still have much to do, but thankfully there are silver linings.

The Glow, the Shine: Local Pastor Licensing School

The Scripture Reading Comes From Exodus 34:29

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the two Tablets of The Testimony, he didn’t know that the skin of his face glowed because he had been speaking with God. (The Message)

Moses came down from Mount Sinai. He had the two tablets of the covenant in his hands. His face was shining because he had spoken with the Lord. But he didn’t realize it. (New International Version)

Our Beloved Leader and Facilitator!

I am moving to the end of Local Pastor Licensing School through the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist. At school, I learned much ranging from worship to administration.

Before arriving at Olmsted Manor Retreat Center in Ludlow, Pennsylvania, I looked at the syllabus. The thing that jumped out was we were in class for 12 1/2 hours per day for 11 days. The number 40 came to mind, which I often interpret as endurance during difficult times. Paraphrasing some scripture consider a few biblical examples:

  • It rained 40 days and nights when God cleansed the world with water, a global flood. (Genesis 7:12)
  • After the flood, Noah waited 40 days for the flood to subside. (Gen 8:6)
  • Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:1-2)

Oh the 40 (days and nights) kept ringing in my head during school. Exhaustion crept up on me. I got cranky with my classmates who thankfully loved me despite of my human frailty.

It’s Day 9 and I think I’m feeling the glow, the shine. That’s not me: that’s the Holy Spirit.

Through the tough times, the 40 days, the 11 days, try to rest in the testing and growth.

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Photographs by Dianne Glave

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