Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Ough

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Notable Quotes   


    "The Judicial Council’s work compellingly shows that our denomination is in schism and has been for some years and if we really want to heal this schism, then (dare I say it?) we have to back up and try our best to answer basic questions. What is it, actually, that unites United Methodists? ... Consider this one, argued this month before the Judicial Council: 'For us, the church is defined not by formal structures or doctrines or lines of authority.  It’s defined by connections between people…We hold such interpersonal connections in so high a regard that we understand them as the essence of the church.' (Emphasis added)

   "With all due respect to the person who made this claim, it represents much that is wrong with United Methodism. ... If doctrines do not define church, then we don’t know our identity or mission. If we don’t know our identity and mission, we will never be able to agree on what constitutes appropriate or inappropriate behavior and we will never be able to exercise meaningful accountability.

– The Rev. Steven Rankin, in a post "Judicial Council Proves We're Already in Schism"

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