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Sounds good!

Except when I get to this sentence: "Our pastors and churches can get back to the work they were called to do." And then the realization hits me that we are not in agreement of what the work is we are called to do. The Discipline states that it is "To make disciples...". My cruising the internet listening to every voice I could find from within the United Methodist Church showed me that there is no agreement as to who are what a disciple is--everybody has their own understanding. And I can accept that that is all well and good until I realize that everything the church does should reflect what it believes about God and His creation--and there is no agreement on that either. In fact, to listen to the myriad of conflicting voices that are the United Methodist Church portrays God as being indecisive and unsure; those are not two words I cannot use to describe God.

betsy 242 days ago

Notable Quotes   

   "My wish is that, one day, formal education will pay attention to the education of the heart, teaching love, compassion, justice, forgiveness, mindfulness, tolerance and peace. This education is necessary, from kindergarten to secondary schools and universities. I mean social, emotional and ethical learning. We need a worldwide initiative for educating heart and mind in this modern age."

 – HH The Dalai Lama, interviewed in the Los Angeles Times

    "[Author Vincent Strudwick] reimagines church as catalyst, transfiguring an egoistic society back to an altruistic one, celebrating a God who is as weak as water, but as irresistible as a river. Decisions should be taken at the lowest possible grass-roots level, dialogue superseding proclamation, and embodiment replacing autocracy.

– The Rt. Rev. David Wilbourne, Assistant Bishop of Llandaff in the Church of England, reviewing Strudwick's book: "The Naked God: Wrestling for a Grace-ful Humanity" in Church Times.


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