Dividing the UMC is No Solution - Try Local Autonomy

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From whence Connection?

I can both agree and disagree with Creed. It depends on how you view "connection" and where it comes from. We've tended to make "connection" a deontological property - something that arises from central rules made by a central authority. From that point of view, local autonomy is schism - no central authority, no central rules, no real connection. But what if connection in a teleological property - drive by uniting for a common goal? Then local autonomy becomes a matter of allowing each conference, district, or even congregation the freedom to find it's own best path to the goal from its unique location. We'd still have the daunting task of actually describing our common goal, (Yes, I know - it's "making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world," but we sorely lack a common definition of "disciples" and a common vision of what a "transformed world" looks like!), but at least we might be able to move past a general conference system that has degenerated into a quadrennial "festival" of finger-pointing and attempts to "fix" each other.

Todd Scranton more than 4 years ago

local autonomy is schism

Local autonomy would constitute a schism. You cannot have a connectional polity while everyone is free to do their own thing.

Creed Pogue more than 4 years ago

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Bishop Laurie Haller delivers the Episcopal Address at the 2017 session of the Iowa Annual Conference.“Are you modeling the love of Christ to everyone who walks through the doors of your churches? What are you doing outside your buildings for the people most in need in your communities, the state of Iowa, and this world? Are all of your many activities making a difference? Where’s your runway?”

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