I’m not sure how I’m feeling about the new United Methodist advertising campaign.
Fellow blogger and UMC deepthinker Dan Dick calls it revisionist. A Vandy student wasn’t as polite about it and told him that the ads lack credibility and “there’s not one authentic thing in anything we watched. It seems fake…”
To be fair, I have been around United Methodists that are truly rethinking church Just not enough. Walk into a UMC on any given day and and chances are that there isn’t much rethinking going on.
Anyways, I saw the above press release on Twitter. It looks like a handful of UMCers tommorow are going to take the RETHINK CHURCH movement to the mean streets of New York City and do things like “opening car doors, hailing cabs, passing out dog treats…”
Instead of merely focusing on random acts of kindness, I would suggest the practicing of some good old Testament prophetic acts of justice. Here are three ideas to get them started:
1. Do an Abbey Hoffman style raid on Wall Street; not too different from turning the tables over…
I never performed for the media. I tried to reach people. It was not acting. It was not some media muppet show. That is a cynical interpretation of history. […] Guerrilla theater is probably the oldest form of political commentary. The ideas just keep getting recycled. Showering money on Wall Street brokers was the TV-age version of driving the money changers from the temple.
Rev. Billy is a performance artist and star of What would Jesus Buy?. Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping choir has taken their message to the streets of New York for years now, always offering humorous confrontation with both our consumeristic culture and corporate greed.
Jay Bakker is the son of Jim and Tammy Faye of 80’s televangelism scandal fame. After battling through drug issues, Jay has gone on to found an inclusive and loving church. His journey can be seen on the TV show One Punk Under God.
If United Methodists are interesting in actually rethinking their churches–they would both be good folks to talk with.
These two men are United Methodists. We owe New York and the entire world an apology. We United Methodists have simply failed the world in spiritual formation. The worst President and Vice President in aleast a generation and they are (nominal) United Methodists.