As Remembered by Ed Hansen
It must have been about 1982, +or- a year or two, that Michael was told by the Bishop of the Oregon/Idaho Conference that he would not be appointed to serve a church. He showed up at our United Methodist Annual Conference meeting at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA. I sat on the lawn with Michael, out under a tree, as the opening worship was getting underway in the chapel. We could hear the organ music and singing that signaled the beginning of the Conference, a reunion of friends and colleagues, joining in Christian worship. Tears came to our eyes as Michael expressed his grief at no longer belonging, no longer being considered fit to serve. We were outsiders sharing our pain.
May 13, 2013