Reflecting on the Social Principles Consultation



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A view from the pew: How do social principles help individuals understand who God is and who they are? I had to distance myself from all things church to finally acquire that understanding and land in the wide open space of God's amazing grace! The biggest problem with the united Methodist Church is that it has become way too focused on the social aspects of Christianity to the almost complete neglect of the individual. Methodism is not in existence because John Wesley hammered out social principles or chased after perceived social injustices! It is in existence because his primary goal was connecting individuals to God and enabling them to live transformed lives centered in God. Wesley did not "change the world," he enabled God to change communities one person at a time. And as far as alienating the LGBTQ segment--after a lifetime of being a "good Methodist" of more than a few decades, the local church I had supported to the best of my abilities for 20 years did an excellent job of leaving me feel like I had been dropped-kicked to the curb and all I was good for was a head count in the pew and money in the plate.

Orter T. more than 2 years 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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