Remembering Twick Morrison: Twick, your life, as the proverbial rock tossed in the pond, has rippled through our lives in many ways: Through United Methodist Women, the Mississippi Conference, Women’s Division, the Board of Global Ministries, teaching at Schools of Christian Mission and heading countless committees and foundations. Always, you represented us with dignity, grace, intelligence and made critical decisions based on prayerful consideration, soul-searching and thorough research.
You literally gave us your full-time commitment to furthering the message and mission of The United Methodist Church. Your extraordinary gift of time, leadership and friendship are to be remembered and cherished!
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I recently read the poem Wading in the Water written by United Methodist woman Edith Sunday. It begins, “Jesus invites us to wade in the water with him.” It goes on to say that some of us complacently remain on the bank, others get their toes wet and still others go in knee-deep. But some of us “jump in when the bank’s too steep for easy wading.” That aptly describes Twick – jumping in even though the water may be troubled.
Twick – we celebrate your remarkable life. We will miss you, our friend.
I would like to respond briefly to Marvin B. Speed’s criticism of Bishop (Hope Morgan) Ward’s involvement in political issues (Advocate, Feb. 6) because this is am important issue. I recognize Speed’s concern but respectfully suggest his condemnation reflects a serious misunderstanding of scripture. I have never understood why so many who claim to take God’s word as their guide can ignore so much of what the Bible actually teaches. Many evangelicals tend to ignore the fact that there is a lot more of politics in the scripture than talk of heaven or hell. Liberals, on the other hand, often ignore the evangelical message of the Bible. Folks, it’s not one or the other.
Pharaoh would have loved it had Moses stayed out of politics. All the great narratives of the Old Testament are political in nature. Those who founded this great country traced their political ideas back to the scripture. We practice a separation of the institutions of church and state but should never separate our faith from our political convictions.
Jesus spoke much, much more often about our actions in society than he did about issues that we evangelicals tend to emphasize. Speed suggest that the “priorities of Methodist leaders are properly and singularly spiritual.” I agree. But what does this mean? Has he forgotten that when Jesus was asked “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” he answered with the Shema Yisrael — love God, with the additional admonition to love others (Luke 10). In Matthew Jesus insists that the heaven-bound are those who feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick and visit the imprisoned.
Perhaps there are those who leave our great church because of our leaders’ political activism. I wonder, though, if we fail to reach many more because we are seen as religious but irrelevant. Jesus was not killed because he was “spiritual.”
The writer of Ephesians 6:12 observes that our struggle is not with people but with “spiritual wickedness in high places.” The voters’ choice in the upcoming presidential election is developing into a choice between spirits “in high places”; “spirits” meaning attitudes, positions on the issues and outlook on the nation’s future, etc.
One choice is the spirit of militarism that Eisenhower warned of which is fueled by fear, hate, racism, greed, deception, revenge and empire, among other dark, destructive and deadly forms of “wickedness in high place.” It is the spirit of perpetual war that requires the continued gorging the “monster” (military industrial complex) that is devouring the nation.
The other choice is the spirit of compassion that is propelled by reason, understanding, morality and a deep sense of unity with all humanity. This spirit embraces such “heresy” as “love for enemies;” seeks to understand why they are enemies and moves toward reconciliation and the healing of a very critically ill world.
For heavens’ sake, for your sake and for the sake of the nation, please spend the next few months determining which candidate most closely embodies this spirit (of Jesus, Gandhi, King, Mother Teresa and others), and cast your vote for im or her.