United Methodism Shouldn’t Be a Big Tent? History Says Otherwise.



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And here is a different assessment

Of the current impasse as it relates to the 1968 merger:

"The unity of 1968 was a matter of differences contained and how they would struggle to grow into a mature vision of the church they were called to be. The EUB Church seems to have been contained in, then absorbed by, the larger, more blandly “mainline” UMC. The unity being reformulated in 2018 seems to be a merely institutional containment of differences that are unwilling to be transformed or reconciled or obedient. In short, in one case we have a merger gently insisting upon unity; in the other, a failed unity now divided, seeking to redefine and legitimate itself." https://www.umnews.org/en/news/commentary-rescuing-outlers-visions-and-dreams

The first merger, as well thought out as it was never produced a theologically unified church and now another merger that was less than well thought out has now been layered on top of the already existing mess.

Another thought occurs to me: None of the 4 faith traditions that have been folded into the current United Methodist Church would never have historically embraced the new and improved sexuality ethic that modern progressives are promoting. So there is no justification for the United Methodist Church to exist as a Big Tent with contradictory and conflicting theologies.

betsy more than 2 years ago

High Moral Standards

"He (John Wesley) was always eager to admit anyone who expressed a desire to know the Way of Life, but he was equally swift to eject those who failed to come up to the high moral standards which were set by the Rules of the United Societies." p. 44, "Methodists In American History," William Sweet, 1933.

Skipper more than 2 years ago