Accountability Where It Counts

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How Not Whether We Are Connectional

Recently, I was asked by an old friend for help. He was in dire need. I found out where he was and contacted a United Methodist pastor with whom I was acquainted who served in the area. He, in turn, contacted the pastor who served the town my friend was in. Through this chain, my friend received the help he needed. If we reduce "connectionalism" to a set of legal principles, then I would say we deserve not to be connectional. To be connectional is to be living witnesses, far and near, together for the Gospel. If we continue to insist "connectionalism" is something defined by a book, we will be playing Whack-A-Mole with all sorts of rules and forget that connectionalism is a product of the Holy Spirit living between and among all of us. So I don't worry too much about the local option doing anything one way or another to our Connection, because that is something God offers is in and through grace. With all due respect, Bishop Coyner, if you can't see all the ways we are Connectional because you are so tied to a book, maybe it's time to set the book aside.

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford more than 3 years ago

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Thank you, Bishop Coyner, for pointing out that we live and worship locally, and suggesting that it might be good to decide and enforce our rules and regulations locally. The "church" is dealing with living, breathing human beings--sons and daughters of our Creator: and humans are not all alike. We are as God made us.
A minority of us are not heterosexual: but we are still sons and daughters of a loving Creator--and have human needs of love and companionship.

Elsie Gauley Vega more than 3 years ago

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