Roles in a Discipleship System and the (Dys)Functionality of the Methodist Connection



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Gosden is spot on when he issued this call: "After all, the call to discipleship is not one meant to make good church members — it’s a call to go into the world as new and different people."

Disciples are FOR engagement in the transforming process. It is not just a mission to get people to sit in the pews of our churches. It is a call to go into the world.and get involved in shaping society according to the principles of justice and liberation.

Vital congregations emerge when they are engaged in the changes of human lives including in changes in the local community around us. The world is on the path of transformation when the local situations are evolving and changing to be more humane.

In a globalized community we have to work with one another across the frontiers and barriers that have kept us apart. We cannot remain in isolation as a United Methodist, American, African, Asian religious community. We have to reach out to labor with others in the transformation of the only one world in which we all live in.and fulfill our common destiny with peace and harmony.

Yap Kim Hao more than 5 years ago

Notable Quotes

"Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and buttress it as often as it moves them to abandon it. But pressure also causes pain and fear; and when those under pressure find these things difficult to bear, they’ll sometimes use any means possible to make the pressure and the pain go away. They feel unsafe, threatened, put upon, and so they react by deploying the soft violence of the law or the harder violence of the aggressive and speech-denying protest. Both moves are common enough in our élite universities now, as is their support by the powers that be. Tolerance for intellectual pain is less than it was. So is tolerance for argument."

– Paul Griffiths, former professor of Catholic theology at United Methodist-related Duke University Divinity School, in an article for Commonweal magazine on why he resigned over a recent conflict with a colleague related to racism training.


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