“See I’m making all things new”-Rev.21:5
“For I the Lord do not change.” -Mal.3:6a
What’s up with those Methodists? The answer is that churches & culture have grappled with some questions for decades. These conversations have reached a pivotal moment.
First—God is unchanging; God is love; God renews, & remakes things. All of that is true for the United Methodist Church (UMC). UMC core beliefs are not being changed.
I know that here at Cornwall Manor we are from many backgrounds. I also know that UMC questions around sexuality, & interpreting scripture (the key issues at hand) are raising questions for United Methodists and they also ripple into conversations with neighbors.
Here is a word of information about all this. The UMC continues to affirm & believe what it has for decades. A new traditionalist denomination formed, the “Global Methodist Church” (as separate from the UMC), as a different voice in the conversation. With that genesis comes the tacit query, “With whom do congregations & pastors align?” In truth, UMC congregations can decide by doing nothing and their familiar church home will not be altered from the core beliefs or general governance.
Wow that’s a lot! And that’s what’s up with those Methodists. If you need details ask Chaplain Dave, he’s got histories (another here), Q&A’s, & more. Both of your chaplains are happy to talk further.
What I encourage for ALL engaged in any unsettling or difficult conversations, is to engage the other with the goal to better understand their thoughts & heart, before sharing yours. When we converse to prove a point, to fix a position that we believe is wrong, or to attack, it helps no one & rarely changes anyone’s mind. Additionally, it often polarizes further.
One thing I know (among the myriad that I don’t know), is that God’s got this. I know we’re richer & happier when we learn about one another. I know that hard topics don’t have to create losses of friends, security, or convictions. We can do this! Let’s talk. Peace
Prayer- Loving God, teach us how to love in our differences; to build one another up in love; to learn from one another through love; & to seek redeeming ways in love. Amen.
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