An Open Letter to Adam Hamilton



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Thank you

Very interesting read! You have given me much to think about. I find myself, as anyone does, with reactive disagreements and unconscious "Amen, Sister!" exclamations. I'll ponder what you have said here for a while. Just wanted to say thanks for taking your time to organize your thoughts so well. Peace be with you.

Mark Reedy 302 days ago

Progressives simply want to live out their beliefs

So do traditionalists. But for some reason progressives insist that we go against ours and affirm their beliefs and when we refuse to "give" then it is our fault that they are being "harmed" simply because we disagree with them. As I have said before, it is not the progressive beliefs that give me pause it is how they live out their beliefs with the insistence that everybody has to believe as they believe. Even John Wesley knew not everybody can believe alike; that is why he abandoned the Fetter Lane Society over theological differences and set up a new society at the Foundry.

betsy more than 2 years ago

sadden by continued pain

after reading your post, it reaffirms why we must split before more harm is done. In essence we have spin spinning our wheels and going nowhere, I have no desire to hurt anyone’s feeling but neither do I want the progressive to contine to be so condsending to everyone who doesn’t believe and interpret scripture as they do. I hope you realize that in some places in Africa if Methodists were to affirm your view on LGBTQ? some would be killed and their church would cease to be. Are the progressives so insensitive that they would rather doom the entire methodist church than to split in kindness and peace? I choose to not believe that, we are all called Christians and we do not have to be united or to agree to have a blessed ministry but we must do so apart from each other or there will be no future for anyone. Please let’s end the anger, pain and turmoil and split now.

Tracy more than 2 years ago

I agree

We need to split, and we need to do so with grace and peace.

There is still going to be upheaval, but the only way forward is going to have to be via a split.

The big problem is for 'mixed view' churches. Where do they go?

JR more than 2 years ago


Please stop saying that the traditional plan is not inclusive. Every person is welcome to participate in the worship and sacraments of the church. Every person, every sinner is welcome. No one is excluded. Not every behaviour is approved. Should we have moral standards? Same sex marriage and homosexual behaviour is not sanctioned by the scripture, tradition, reason, or experience. We will love everyone, but don't expect us to affirm and celebrate a lifestyle that we think is wrong. All of us are sinners, saved onlly by grace. We repent of our sins and we try not to repeat them. We do not ask the church to approve of our behaviour.

Gene Thompson more than 2 years ago