'Way Forward' Moderators Report on Communication Plans



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Let's major in the majors

By themselves, "Wonder, Love, and Praise" and "Be Strong and of Good Courage" are good resources for Christians to understand how to relate to one another within an ekklesia held together with koinonia. But given the primary task of the commission "to develop a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph in our Book of Discipline regarding human sexuality," I'm awaiting the identification of those resources to be recommended to the commission that relate to Christian anthropology, particularly as it relates to holistic stewardship of the human body. For we are no longer our own, we have been purchased at great price by God, therefore we are to glorify God in all that we do with our bodies. (1 Cor. 6:19-20) Without any common, well-grounded general understanding of how we relate to our bodies and how we and our bodies in turn relate to God, this commission cannot even begin its assignment. Do we, for example, read in Genesis 1-3 any more than that God is the author of life and that humanity is less than perfect... or does the image of God reflected in humanity's creation include the interpersonal relationship witnessed within the Godhead, and, if so, how does that imago dei relate to the creative relationship between Man and Woman?

John more than 2 years ago

Notable Quotes   

     “It is very important that we use preferred pronouns. It makes people feel welcomed … and it is the right thing to do. Growing up and figuring out who you are is hard enough without bullies.”

     – Fifth grader Liam Oliver, son of the Rev. Andy Oliver of Allendale UMC in St. Petersburg, Fla., speaking to the Pasco County School District about its teacher guidelines for interacting with LGBTQ students. Quoted in the Tampa Bay Times.


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