The United Methodist Church is gathering in Tampa, Florida (which is done once every four years in different locations) to talk about the issues that challenge or encourage the church. Below is a video, in which ministers speak on what Holy Conferencing will mean in 2012 as hot topics such as Human Sexuality and Church Organization and Restructuring come up. One thing that impresses me is the commitment of Methodists to “Holy Conferencing,” which basically boils down to recognizing the headship of Jesus Christ, and seeing other Christians as worthy of learning and exchanging perspectives from. It allows the heart to temper the head in debate, and I believe helps people see all points on a perspective. This scripture, from a pdf on Guidelines for Holy Conferencing, says a lot:
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has
a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so
you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything
together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which
indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ
dwell in you richly…And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the
name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The video is over an hour, which may be long, but the first 25 minutes are worth it. Check it out:
Pray for the UMC during this season of General Conferencing. To learn more, click here.