October 2, 2017
The Instruments of PerfectionIn my previous post I ended a detailed critique with a note of optimism. While many in our denomination do not believe that further division would indeed be tragic in the full sense, Uniting Methodists and others have an opportunity to offer a vision which shows u...
September 26, 2017
Real DisagreementLast week I began a series of posts which will be engaging with the vision statement of the Uniting Methodists movement. There is much that could be said about this group but my engagement in this and subsequent pieces will be limited to examining their theology. For th...
September 18, 2017
Vision and RevisionEngaging the Uniting Methodists Vision Statement Last week in this space I put forward a critique and a challenge to the Uniting Methodist movement. In response to their initial public appearance and the unveiling of their website I offered a simple criticism: there is ...
Statement of Purpose
At present, too many conversations within the UMC are grand experiments in missing the point. We talk past one another, aiming for rhetorical impact rather than theological insight. Our spirit is often one of distrust and hostility rather than charity and peace.
We intend for Holy Conferencing to be a space in which we can confer frankly and faithfully about the things that are most important to our denomination, including the things that divide us. We pray that what we publish on this site will care for the wounds of the United Methodist Church. We pray that we will not do further harm.
We will publish articles about doctrine, because many of our wounds are from ill conceived or poorly articulated doctrine. We intend to provoke conversations of reconciliation, because it is Christ the Lord who has reconciled us to ourselves, to each other, and to God. We are going to confer about holiness, without which no one will see the Lord, and without which we cannot be made one with one another. We will work ardently to maintain a spirit of charity, because God is love and God’s love alone binds the body of Christ together. Above all we are going to confer together in the conviction that peace and truth are one, because the God of peace is the true God and because truth is the spirit of love and the love of peace rather than violence, anger, or deception.