A Call for Change - Now!

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Yes, we need change, but . . .

Brother Brim has done a superb job of describing the situation in which we find ourselves, and he has also done a fine job of telling us what any reforms brought about through the general conference need to accomplish. I am still reading and studying about the Call to Action proposals. I do believe that boards and agencies are generally too far removed from the concerns of the local church and from the Great Commission. I fear that some of the proposals which I have read may make this worse rather than better, however. I believe that we also need to do something about the seminaries which seem so far removed from the concerns of the local church and from the Great Commission, especially if we are going to spend a lot more money on them.

Mark Flynn 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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