Empire Scholarship Holds a Key to the 2019 General Conference

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Bud has a good article but it is laced with unintended irony. Only the 1st century Jews and Christians expressed consistent moral opposition to abortion and homosexual behavior, positions that caused the larger and sophisticated pagan culture to laugh them off as clueless, rigid or stupid. And...early Christians also insisted Jesus was the only way to God, as God incarnate, and experienced bodily resurrection, further examples of the exclusionary and intellectually laughable odd religion called Christianity. And...their insistence on care for the poor and opposition to military service also struck others as misplaced or unpatriotic (i.e., on Jesus, not Caesar, is Lord). First we must be willing to let the witness of the first Christians kick us in our shins before we aim kicks at others...whether left or right.

bob more than 3 years ago

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Jim Winkler, general secretary, National Council of Churches USA (NCC Photo)"Public and sometimes violent acts of racism, white Christian nationalism, anti-immigrant attitudes and xenophobia, along with rising incidents of anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim and other forms of religious bigotry sometimes committed in the name of Christianity, have created an urgency for the churches and the broader culture to recognize the imperative of interreligious engagement for peace-making locally, nationally, and globally."

– United Methodist layman Jim Winkler, top executive of the National Council of Churches USA, in a speech to International Religious Freedom and Peace Conference sponsored by the Mother See of Holy Etchmidzian in Armenia.

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