Recently Read: N. Georgia clergy stand up against schism

RecentlyReadUMNS reporter Heather Hahn has a report at umc.org about the effort in North Georgia to speak in favor of continued unity in the church:

As talk of splitting The United Methodist Church reaches a fever pitch, a theologically diverse group of clergy and lay members of the North Georgia Annual (regional) Conference are signing a covenant calling for unity.

“While our disagreements are significant, we confess our faith in a God who creates out of nothing, makes a way out of no way, and holds the power to bring the dead to life,” says the document “That They May Be One. A Covenant for Unity in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.”

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Mark
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Interesting perspective which all interested parties should read with an open mind: http://revbrentwhite.com/2014/06/03/why-i-wont-sign-the-covenant/

Donald W. Haynes
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T hank you for this bold and WORD-centered word! As I read this, I was finishing eighteen of Wesley’s sermons that I will teach next week in summer school at Hood Theological Seminary. Wesley remained a priest in the Church of England in spite of his differences with it. Every “split” in our Methodist history has resulted in not one, but several subsequent splinters because when we start down the road of doctrinal or social justice unanimity, we will travel a divisive path. T he tone and theology of your text represents the “soul” of who we are as the… Read more »
Mark
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Reverend Haynes, I appreciate your desire for unity, but we must appreciate reality. A man called Martin Luther tried to do that some years ago, and I think most of us would consider that a good thing.

Gary Bebop
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If trumpet calls for unity were enough to excite renewed evangelism in the name of Jesus Christ and persuade the disobedient to lay down their arms, would we be where we are today? We have historical lessons of all kinds, but are they enough to move us to change our ways? It looks like the milling mob is going to continue down this broken, waterless road with its shibboleths and agendas, but not a vision of scriptural holiness.

Joe Tognetti
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Thanks for posting this article. A couple of us in the soon-to-be Rio Texas Annual Conference (Southwest Texas & Rio Grande) have taken the document’s invitation to use and share this covenant for our own Annual Conference.

Mark
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I recognize a couple names on this list and, God bless them, I am afraid they are signing this with their heart and not their head.

Bart
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Thinking with the heart is good! The debate about schism is a debate concerning the “head”.

Lisa Keenan
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I think of the individual pastor who cannot, by his own heart, marry man to man or woman to woman. Please do not forget him. He is not bad.

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