Bishop Jones has described Methodism as “The Extreme Center,” but but I’m not sure this is what he meant:
The Methodists are sort of the in-between church – not as formal as Episcopalians, yet not as rollicking as Baptists. “Methodists are frustrated Baptists who’d like to be Episcopalians,” said Lucy Mattie Trigg. That is: they’d like to whoop and holler, but they are not deaf to the clarion call of upward mobility.
Don’t make fun of me, this was read to me by my mother, who (as an ex-cemeterian) was given this as a gift. Hysterical. It hits a little close to home, too. At my seminary, there were a good number of Methodists who ended up Episcopalian (and a good number of Episcopalians who could out-Rome all but the most ardent Catholics).
On another note, I really enjoyed Annual Conference this week. Bishop Palmer is an astounding preacher.