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Rev. Vicki Flippin
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The Rev. Vicki Flippin currently serves as the Pastor of Social Justice, Exploring Faith, and Inter-generational Ministries at the United Methodist Church of the Village in the West Village of New York City. A graduate of Yale Divinity School (2008) and the University of Chicago (2005), Flippin is Co-President of the Board of Directors of the national United Methodist progressive caucus, the Methodist Federation for Social Action. She has also served for many years as secretary on the steering committee of Methodists in New Directions and considers LGBTQ equality and racial justice as central to her ministry. A proud signer and clergy recruiter for the Covenant of Conscience, she is committed to the practice of marriage equality in the United Methodist Church. She is a member of her conference’s 2016 Jurisdictional/General Conference delegation and is both a sought after preacher and blogger. Flippin has close ties to both Taiwan and the American Midwest and lives in New York with her husband and daughter. In July of 2016, she will join the staff of St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church as Pastor of Youth and New Communities, where a part of her role will be to start new progressive churches in New York City.

Entries by Rev. Vicki Flippin

A Time to Follow Rules, and a Time to Refrain from Following Rules: Reflections on Occupy Wall Street and the United Methodist Church

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 8:48 PM

By Rev. Vicki Flippin and Rev. Nathan Bledsoe

We serve a God who once chided the religious authorities, "The sabbath was made for humankind, not humankind for the sabbath." (Mark 2:27) Jesus had no issues with standing up to the legalism of his day, and that often got him in...

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From Ashes to Rainbow

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 12:27 AM

Over the 4th of July holiday, I was with a family member who lives in Washington, D.C. I asked her what it was like in our nation's capital after the Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality. One statement she made really touched me. After the ruling, the White House was...

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Why Frank Schaefer in Memphis Matters in New York

(3) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 3:27 PM


I remember that day in seminary well. I walked into the chapel for our midday worship, and by the end of the first hymn, tears were streaming down my face and I sniffled and sobbed until the benediction. It wasn't that I was...

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The Scared Cop Inside of Me: Reflections on Ferguson

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 1:46 PM

A few days ago, I was sitting with my African American husband and multi-racial daughter on a bench on the Upper West Side. An older white woman walked by and started talking to us. I cannot tell you how it happened, but small talk about the unseasonably cool weather suddenly...

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Taking My Baby to Kara Walker's Sugar Baby

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:00 PM


I have a pretty raw blister on my left pinky toe right now. It is my battle wound from making the long trek out to the Domino sugar factory in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon while still wearing my Sunday morning heels. The trip...

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What the Bible Says About Gay Rights

(110) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 5:16 PM

In the United Methodist Church, regional meetings called "annual conferences" are taking place all over the country. At many of these conferences, there will be heated debates over gay equality as the people of our church try to defend or change our denomination's discriminatory policies. The speeches for and against...

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You Belong to God

(23) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 1:41 PM

The first Sunday after Three Kings is always Baptism of the Lord, when we remember the day Jesus walked into the waters with John the Baptist, and the heavens opened up, and the voice of God declared from the eternal realm: "This is my child, the beloved."

Whenever I do...

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Fear and Power After Rev. Frank Schaefer is Defrocked

(14) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 2:55 PM

I have to confess. The day a jury in Eastern Pennsylvania found the Rev. Frank Schaefer guilty of violating the United Methodist Book of Discipline for performing a same-sex wedding, I felt fear. You see, I and many other clergy in the United Methodist Church have...

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God's Disguises

(28) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 12:08 PM

I recently attended an intercultural competency training, where I was introduced to a new activity addressing stereotypes. Each participant was given two post-it notes -- one yellow and one green. We were asked to think about a part of our cultural make-up (race, age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic heritage, etc.)...

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The Gay Man Who Organized the March on Washington

(6) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 3:56 PM

On a recent conference call with United Methodist leaders organizing our churches to go to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, I found out that one of the buses was going to show a documentary called Brother Outsider on the way down to the march....

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'What Are You?' Reflections on Asian American and Hapa Identity

(4) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 10:33 AM

There is a YouTube video making its way around this month. In it, a white man begins making small talk with an Asian American woman, and says to her, "Where are you from? Your English is perfect!" Annoyed, the woman responds, "San Diego. We speak English there."

This leads to...

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Safe: Thoughts on Tornadoes and Hate Violence

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 10:43 AM

I was sitting on my terrace yesterday, trying to decide what to write about this week, and, at some point, I realized that, instead of coming up with some inspiring words for you, I had just spent the last five minutes daydreaming up a tornado response plan for my apartment...

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A Love Letter to the United Methodist Church

(54) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 1:16 PM

This week, the New York Times published an article about United Methodist pastor, former seminary dean, Social Ethics professor, and father, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ogletree. Last year, Rev. Ogletree performed the wedding of his son to another man, a chargeable offense in the United Methodist...

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What Holy Week Has To Do With DOMA

(1027) Comments | Posted March 23, 2013 | 9:10 AM

I think it would be nice to start the day with a story. A love story. It begins once upon a time in the West Village at a restaurant called Portofino. Edith Windsor was in her early 30s, working at NYU in the ground-breaking computer programming industry. The year was...

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