July 27, 2017
Schism and Ecclesial AuthorityUnited Methodism is in schism. It’s not that schism is coming; it’s already here. It’s not something for us to work to avoid, it’s an evil that we must address. Andrew Thompson did an excellent job illuminating this distinction in his post about covenant and schism last w...
May 2, 2017
Life Saving StationsRomans 12 People in the United Methodist Church, especially people who have been very involved in the debates and battles over sexuality, are frustrated, tired, hurt, and mad. Open Facebook or read a few blogs and you will find a yearning on both sides for “the spl...
October 25, 2016
The Order of Elders“The disciple of the Spirit is bidden to announce what he has learned to the elders of the Church of Christ, that is, to those who, owing to their capacity to receive spiritual doctrine, possess a ripe endowment of wisdom.” -Origen of Alexandria, On First Principles IV.1...
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.