Want a More United Church? Make Some Friends

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Making Friends

Following a Christian Ashram, I once heard the late E.Stanley Jones say, "The only way to get to know another person is to work beside them for a period." At the Jones Ashram, his project was to walk the grounds picking up the trash; perhaps the others had tossed aside. Where the subject of really getting to know one another as the solution to preserving the unity of Methodist is for the powers that be on both sides of the issue is to organize and lead a project such as cleaning up the inner city of a metropolitan area. The mutual sharing of blood, sweat, and tears, might be the magic wand to overcome judging another's sexual habits, to creating and building on cooperative bonds of respect, love, and teamwork for a denomination on a mission to win the lost and change the world. What's more critical, labors of love or love's labor lost? You be the judge.

Billy Cox more than 1 year ago

What is missing in this article?

The acknowledgment that Methodism is its own unique religious tradition while possessing some beliefs in common with other traditions possesses its own unique set of beliefs. Methodism was not brought into existence within a context that John Wesley held firm to a certain set of beliefs that other traditions did not hold to.

Betsy more than 1 year ago


Notable Quotes   


       "When Jesus defined his ministry, he made liberating the captive a focus of his message. Jesus’ gospel is for slave and for the free (Galatians 3:28). It is meant to have a component of liberation. The gospel calls us to advocate for a more just world–to be a voice for the voiceless."

– John D. Barry, a nonprofit CEO, Bible scholar, and pastor, writing in the Jan. 9 issue of Red Letter Christians' Wake Up newsletter.

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