The Real Foundations of the Wesleyan Covenant Association

Catering to Culture Part 5: Being What They Claim to Hate

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Contributing to conflict

There has been enough conflict already generated within the church. It seems that we United Methodists cannot resist trying to have the last word regarding existing issues. Continuing to produce counter arguments or responses only contributes to the divisions that exist. It is okay for us to disagree with one another but can we not do so with grace and Christian love?

Dr. John E. Stumbo 88 days ago

Why demonize each other?

Mr. Smith, why is it necessary to demonize the WCA? Likewise, the WCA may demonize you and your side. What does this rhetoric accomplish other than make yourself and like minded people feel better about themselves? Does this do anything to bridge the gap in attempting to remain United? No, it doesn't. We can all point out flaws in each other and ourselves. The UMC should separate. They should go their separate ways amicably and without ill will toward each other. You seem to have lots of ill will toward the WCA. It's truly sad.

Sarah 93 days ago

Let us consider...

What is the reason for the WCA to exist at all? From their website it is apparent it exists for one reason only: to organize right-wing elements in the church into a surreptitious paper organization to foment extremism and serve as a shadow denomination should they continue losing their grip on the UMC and thereby be in place as a real denomination the moment they decide to exit. You don't have to be a detective to see that handwriting on the wall. Smith doesn't demonize this faction; he merely calls it what it is.

George Nixon Shuler 89 days ago

Notable Quotes


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.


"I heard growing up that the best way to expose a dirty glass is put a clean glass next to it. Faith leaders must stand up and show a dignified, nonviolent way. ... We’ve got to come off our pulpits and out of our cathedrals and save the soul of this nation."

– The Rev. Al Sharpton on his coming "Thousand Ministers March" for justice, interviewed by Adelle Banks of Religion News Service.

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