Starting the Conversation


This morning we are going to discussing hot potatoes (you can look them up if you wish). There are strong feelings on both sides. Two of our largest church pastors are proposing an amendment to our church's stance on homosexuality. Their intent is to acknowledge hurt and division while keeping our church's stance. Some will think it is watering down what we have. Others think it doesn't go far enough. And of course, the press is showing up today in droves.

As I walked to the convention center this morning, there were a lot of "huddles" out in the hallway. Some were strategizing, and some were informing each other. I saw the Divine in that some were praying - which is, of course, where the conversation always needs to start. Always.
We talk a lot, O Lord.
We talk and twitter and blog about others,
we talk in derision of those we don't like,
we talk in fear about those we don't know.
Remind us that we can be faithful and true to you,
our beliefs, our doctrine, and our theology
without pointing out the speck in another's eye.
Remind us how the logs in our own eyes
blind us to seeing you, your truth, and your people
as the children of God that they are.
We disagree O God. Help us to disagree agreeably.
Forgive us, O Lord.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Pax,
Sky+


Comments

dfcranch said…
Well said. May God bless.
Nancy said…
I can not help but think of this quote from William Stringfellow as this day in the Connection begins: "Discerning signs have to do with comprehending the remarkable, with perceiving the sign of salvation within the era of the Fall. It has to do with the ability to interpret ordinary events in both apocalyptic and eschatological connotations, to portents of death where others find progress or success, but simultaneously, to behold tokens of the reality of the Resurrection or hope where others are consigned to confusion and despair."
Thank you for helping those of us not there to intrepret what happens.
Nancy said…
Can not help but think of this quote from William Stringfellow today: "Discerning signs have to do with comprehending the remarkable in common happenings, with perceiving the sign of salvation with the era of the Fall. It has to do with the ability to interpret ordinary events in both apocalyptic and eschatological connotations, to see portents of death where others find progress or success but, simultaneously, to behold tokens of the reality of the Resurrection or hope where others are consigned to confusion or despair."
Thank you for helping us interpret what is happening, and may there be tokens for us all today. Peace.
J Jackson said…
I think we should be able to go to church and focus on God. I see people walking around wearing stoles around their necks, which says to other people "in your face", I am better than you and it just breaks my heart to be around them. There is so much good we can do and waste time on this destructive issue.
J Jackson said…
I think we should be able to go to church and focus on God. I see people walking around wearing stoles around their necks, which says to everyone "in your face", I am better than you. It just breaks my heart to be near them. There are so many more important issues. It is destructive and will destroy our church. After 200 years of our family being methodist, I am ready to quit because overly-educated elites and women have lost any understanding of what is important to the common man.