Unsettled Christianity

Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
November 18th, 2018 by Joel Watts

Uh… here I am.

Have you seen this?

 

I left the UMC in October of 2016. We attended for the remainder of the school year/church year (because churches close in May) but I did not take communion. For a variety of reasons I have detailed elsewhere, but namely because the UMC failed to hold any marks of a Church, either by Protestantism or the universal standards.

Recently, we have begun the search to find a new congregational home. It is difficult because I am still dealing with hurt over separating from the UMC — and the ongoing… uh…. issues.

Anyway, for the past few weeks, I have attended a local ACNA congregation. Thus far, the sermons have been thoroughly Wesleyan. Eucharist has been served. No church fights. No declining population. The Creeds without crossing fingers. I feel as if I can tolerate some large amount of differences, but when it comes down to it… I am a Creedal guy. I believe the Creeds for some pretty particular reasons.

Anyway, I am also doing some different type of work. Working as an Substance Use Therapist. Scott has maintained the blog for a while, by himself, but I’m back. I’ve updated the search issues, taken care of the 403 issues (I hope!) and will commit to writing at least one post every two weeks. I am going to try to get to writing more posts, but… I am mentally exhausted. Plus, I have a book to finish.

In regards to finding out home of faith, I will keep you informed along the way.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

Comments

2 Responses to “Uh… here I am.”
  1. Steve Kell says

    Joel–had wondered how you were doing. I’m not sure you have “ever recovered” from (the wonderful part) going to Cuba and seeing a beautiful, simplistic family of faith, or from (the horrible part) UMC’s continuing shift away from what for centuries has made her a great body of believers. There may be other factors that have played some part in your “pause and search” mode currently…but know that you have been missed by your online readers/partners. I’m not sure where you are located (assuming you aren’t in CO – per your [online?] studies with Adams State U–maybe the mid-to-north central coastal area? I have a good friend in Providence who has planted a church (called “The Feast”) there, a very sharp young man with a small, but genuine/focused group of disciples who I could connect you to if you happen to be anywhere close. Otherwise, I will continue to pray for your searching and direction for what’s next in your life. Blessings.

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