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 332 days 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 333 days ago


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   Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove "When Jesus said, 'I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly' in John 10:10, he wasn’t thinking about a victory for those who have used religion to fight back against the gains of the civil rights movement. Jesus was inviting all of us to work together for the vision at the heart of that movement — a beloved community where all people created in God’s image can thrive."

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