The Answers Are Blowin' in the Wind



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I find it very insightful and clarifies the realities facing this year's general Conference,

I would change only one thing. To her last sentence I would make this change: "Grace will come if General Conference delegates who are /// part of the 'in crowd' humble themselves collectively to discern and act upon God's will for the denomination."

I see the problem being the need for the "in crowd" to be the ones to humble themselves collectively. I think the others are already there.

Despite all the concern about conservative v.liberal, the real political situation is between those who are power-accruing and those who are open to allowing God to have the power!

Rev. Jerry Eckert more than 5 years ago

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"Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and buttress it as often as it moves them to abandon it. But pressure also causes pain and fear; and when those under pressure find these things difficult to bear, they’ll sometimes use any means possible to make the pressure and the pain go away. They feel unsafe, threatened, put upon, and so they react by deploying the soft violence of the law or the harder violence of the aggressive and speech-denying protest. Both moves are common enough in our élite universities now, as is their support by the powers that be. Tolerance for intellectual pain is less than it was. So is tolerance for argument."

– Paul Griffiths, former professor of Catholic theology at United Methodist-related Duke University Divinity School, in an article for Commonweal magazine on why he resigned over a recent conflict with a colleague related to racism training.


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