Sam Hodges of the United Methodist News Service has a helpful interview with Adam Hamilton about his proposal for A Way Forward for the United Methodist Church. This plan is also being referred to as “the local option.”
The interview demonstrates again Hamilton’s thoughtfulness, pragmatism (and I use that word in a positive sense), and desire to be a positive leader in the denomination.
The desire to hold most of the denomination together is clearly his animating goal. Some congregations and individuals will find this an unworthy goal when set against biblical fidelity or justice — depending on which side of the debate one is on. The outline he proposes may not be workable in our polity. There are other issues with it. But I find it a proposal that helps us think through what it is we most value and need.
In that vein, here is a commentary on the local option by Asbury professor Bill Arnold, hosted by the blog of United Theological Seminary Dean David Watson.