UMC: Round Table #3

In the last blog, I wrote of the “all in” necessity implied in Christian Conferencing.  E. Stanley Jones described this commitment through basic principles required if the Round Table process was to work.
     –respectful atmosphere
     –no one has 100% of the truth
     –every devout person has some truth
     –learning posture, not defensive
     –frankness (bring the best you have)
     –no debate or controversy
     –questions for clarification & expansion
     –goal is not agreement, but enrichment
     –enrichment is the prelude to discovery
     –God can do what we cannot
     –God is hampered by our not coming together
                (From ‘Christ at The Round Table’)

We can hope that holy conferencing will yet again provide the structure for the conversations at General Conference, and if so, we can dare to believe that God will effect “life together” through our coming together as the people called Methodist in ways not possible if we choose to remain separate.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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