We're Short-Circuiting Our Future

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Diana Butler Bass & Bishop John Hopkins

The article says:"The position of the Council of Bishops . . . is that the Call to Action and Vital Congregations will serve as the framework for the necessary discussions.
Didn't Bidhop Hopkins just say that the Call to Action is already in process and we are just voting on the mechanics?
Which is correct?

Anne Ewing more than 5 years ago

Church 'Federalism'

I have just read your excellent articles based on Diana Butler Bass' lectures at Perkins. I couldn't agree more.

One thought. Historians have written about the influence of Wesley and the Evangelical Revival on secular political structures. I think we need to learn from our American experience of political structures.

The U. S. Constitution creates a federal system of government. Some powers are relegated to the central government; others are relegated to the states. Many contentious issues are allowed to be tested by the states before the federal government gets involved. Each state is a laboratory which can try to find a workable solution. The national government can learn from the states' various experiments.

But the UMC has become like 'top-down' governments. There can be only one way.

It is time to develop trust by allowing the Churches, Annual Conferences, and Jurisdictions to try different patterns rather than continue to believe that only the General Conference can lead us into the future. Also, Wesley's gift to the Church concerning authority was in the adding of Experience to Anglican's Scripture, Tradition, and Reason. Let's trust the presence of the Holy Spirit in the experiences of the People Called Methodists.

Bud Tillinghast more than 5 years ago

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