Author Archives: Vince Gonzales

About Vince Gonzales

United Methodist Laity, married to a recent Seminary graduate seeking ordination. Active at all levels of the Church, I sit on the Board of The General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church, one of our 13 UMC Agencies. I also am the Chair of the Racial and Social Justice Task Force of Churches Uniting in Christ, an ecumenical group of communions, dedicated to the reconciliation of ministries and fighting racism, as well as representing the UMC at Christian Churches Together's Hispanic/Latinx Ministry Gatherings. Additionally, I am one of two committee members from the South Central Jurisdiction serving on the DisAbility Ministries Committee of the UMC. My polity pendulum often swings to both extremes so one never knows what they might find on this page!

Today We Remember

Lest we forget, Officers Smith, Ahrens, Thompson, Krol and Zamarrippa were killed two years ago today in Dallas protecting the First Amendment Right of protestors calling out police departments across this country to stop police violence. The oaths I took … Continue reading

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The Binding of Immigrant Children

As many of you know, on Father’s Day, as well as Mother’s Day, I usually go through a long litany of the diverse people who make up fathers and mothers. Today, on the day before Father’s Day. I will break … Continue reading

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“Preacher, you’re just WRONG!”

Over the years, I have heard many a sermon, given one or two, attended lots of Sunday School classes, taught nearly as many, been to religious conferences and seminars, taught a workshop or two a seminaries, worked ecumenically and Interreligiously … Continue reading

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Blocked from posting on a “progressive” Methodist page.

So, tonight I was reading a post on The New Methodist Facebook page. In that thread, a person was stating he did not feel as if the UMC was the right fit for him. Part of his reasoning was the … Continue reading

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MLK Day 2018: A New Means of Lynching

This morning, I had the honor of being the Guest Speaker at the 26th Annual Pre-MLK Day Breakfast, sponsored by the Parker County, Texas NAACP Branch #6321.  I spoke immediately after the viewing of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” … Continue reading

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Remote Intimacy

It seems to me that my prayer life has never been one that I would have hoped for. It’s not that I don’t recognize the importance prayer in my life, I simply don’t find or make, nor do I prioritize, … Continue reading

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Adventus Christi

Adventus. Advent. That period of time we have come to know as the lead up to Christmas and the coming of Christ. But over the years, it has become much more than the start of the Christian calendar and the … Continue reading

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CUIC’s Statement on White Nationalism and White Supremacism

Churches Uniting In Christ released this very important statement today. CUIC is made up of the following communions, representing approximately 20,000,000 congregants in the U.S.: AME AMEZ CME Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Episcopal Church Presbyterian USA International Council of … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Good Terrorist

The original was posted February 22, 2017: Yesterday, I delivered the devotional to open our daily work of The General Commission on Religion and Race’s CORR Action Fund.  I had intended to talk about Christian Unity but, early in the … Continue reading

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Today I went to Church!

I went to church today. Even though I was attending the GCORR Open-Space Summit, it wasn’t at this morning’s worship service. As I walked into our worship area at the Albuquerque convention center I saw signs posted with directions to … Continue reading

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