No Room At The Table For Centrists – United Methodist Centrist Movement


3 thoughts on “No Room At The Table For Centrists – United Methodist Centrist Movement

  1. “And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? So with yourselves…” (1 Corinthians 14:8). If the church is playing contradictory notes, will anyone rally to it? And would anyone be proud to promote such a burlesque?

  2. I read the article you linked and my initial reaction was well maybe they have a point. I too believe there are more pressing issues and the sexuality debate is a distraction. But then I think about all the different ways I noted that the sexuality debate is representative of deeper divisive issues that can be summed up as no consensus as to doctrine (who God is and who we are) and polity (the role General Conference and Discipline plays in the life of the church). And now the Centrists are basically saying none of that matters. How does any organization survive when there is no consensus as to who it is and how it functions? I have yet to see how the Centrists would peddle such an organization to the public. Isn’t it in Revelation that a church is criticized for being neither hot nor cold. Is that what the Centrists would have us be?

    And then there is the issue of pushing the decision to a more local level. Based on what I have observed here in south Texas, that could end up being a very messy and costly decision in some areas. Our town has already witnessed the meltdown of a local ELCA congregation over this issue–and it was not the extremely minority pro contingent that came out “on top”–if it can be said anybody truly “came out on top”. More revealing is the fact that the local PFLAG chapter keeps their meetings a secret, openly admitting that the community is not ready to embrace what they are proposing. What appears to be so clean cut in some areas is anything but in others. Even if the decision rested at the conference level, my prediction is that the conference would vote to endorse same sex marriages but it would be with a simple majority that would leave a significantly sized minority group of people in disagreement.

  3. The progressives and the traditionalist each have staked out a theological position they hold to with great passion. The centrists do not. All the centrists are looking for is a governance solution for an unresolved theology dispute. As there are several ideas floating around which of those should be in the discussion? None, since the centrists are not going to leave whichever way The UMC goes a place at the table would add people without adding value. The lukewarm centrists can watch from the sidelines.

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