Knut Refsdal: Consensus-based Processes in the Church

How the Norway Annual Conference made decisions this year



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Hopeful article but several challenges for wider application. (1) Collaboration theory 101 lists that among show-stoppers for the process is when any in participating groups are asked to violate conscience or core values. (2) A split (hopefully gracious) that births a center/left group could include Norway and other white, Western European UM types among its number. It appears that for them, as for example in the Scottish Episcopal Church, guaranteed protection of conscience (including renouncing demeaning language about bigotry aimed at traditionalists), kept traditionalists within their fold. That could work with Norway Methodism though it would crash the UM church in places such as Congo. (3) This approach has a chance with small number (the Scottish church has 31,000 members, the UM church of Norway has a membership roughly half the size of Adam Hamilton's church).

Bob more than 1 year ago

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