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A consistent vision

Dan, I agree with so much of what you say. I also believe that the Call to Action proposal is inconsistent with our Wesleyan heritage and theology. I have submitted a petition to General Conference which I believe may restore some counter-cultural sanity to our church. If we choose, the United Methodist Church could make a very positive difference in the United States and around the globe. This blog post explains my rather unusual vision for the church, and contains a link to my petitions which I believe is a step toward making this vision happen.

http://hollyboardman.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/the-choice-to-be-in-the-middle-class/

Holly Boardman more than 5 years ago

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"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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