Recently Read: Imagination in the middle way

RecentlyReadDrew McIntrye, Stephen Fife, and Evan Rohr’s-Dodge are UM clergy who have started a new blog called Via Media Methodists which thinks about a third way between the extremes between liberalism and conservatism which often seem to be the only options present. Today they were writing about imagination as a means for addressing the polarization of our church:

What if we United Methodists started imagining again? Imagination is in our DNA; I cannot read John Wesley without being amazed at his theological and pastoral innovation. Our polity was a creative response to an ever-changing nation. If we started imagining again, what would our discourse look like? Would the polarization that so many of us feel be as acute? How could we, as individuals and as the church together, employ imagination and all its corollaries – artistry, creativity, beauty – as we live together in deep, sometimes difficult difference? If we can’t imagine anything other than the current climate of The United Methodist Church, then, as Rita Dove indicates, something else is impossible to attain.

via Via Media Methodists | “Forth from the midst of Babel brought, parties and sects I cast behind…and bow to Jesus’ name alone.”.

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Feels to me like a luke-warm journey–neither hot or cold. “Somewhere” in the Holy Writ, as I recall, it says something about spewing out of ones mouth luke-warm stuff………………………..


I appreciate what these pastors are doing.

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