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

Notable Quotes


"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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