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 2 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 2 years ago

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Brian McLaren"All of us, especially people of faith, need to proclaim that white supremacy and white privilege and all other forms of racism and injustice must indeed be replaced with something better – the beloved community where all are welcome, all are safe, and all are free. White supremacist and Nazi dreams of apartheid must be replaced with a better dream – people of all tribes, races, creeds, and nations learning to live in peace, mutual respect, and neighborliness. Such a better world is possible, but only if we set our hearts on realizing the possibility."

– Brian McLaren, writing in "What I Saw in Charlottesville" on the Auburn Seminary website.


"The idea of racial (or most any other) supremacy is antithetical to that Gospel. We should remember that Jesus himself grasped for no superiority, no rank, but instead made himself a servant, giving himself in love. What we saw in Charlottesville was therefore a kind of anti-gospel, something that must be resisted, yes–but more, something that must be overcome."

– Dr. Craig Hill, dean of United Methodist-related Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, on Facebook.

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