As I blogged already below, my denomination is meeting for its quadrennial meeting that will make decisions that will affect the future of how we do ministry as United Methodists.
As is usually the case, the hot topic this time around remains our theology of human sexuality and what we believe to be the appropriate biblical understanding. Now, let me just say that I do think that this is a very important issue to be talking about, and, it is my hope that both sides will for once, truly dialogue and not just shout at and demonize the other. Sometimes we forget that even those who sincerely disagree with our own view points have just as sincerely believe that they too have examined the Scriptures closely.
In the lastest Newsweek, Jon Meacham and Lisa Miller interview N.T. Wright about his latest book Surprised by Hope. Although I have recently purchased it I have not yet read it but plan to dig in in the next few weeks.
Meacham and Miller, close to the end of the article, ask him the following question:
"At the Lambeth meeting this summer, the subject of gay unions and gay clergy with top the agenda. What do you think will happen?"
Wright admits that although he beleives it will be "messy" that he has hopes that people will really listen to each other prayerfully and in a spirit of humility. Then he says the following that I cannot help but adding a very emphatic "AMEN!" to:
"At the same time, I wish we could prioritize so that we were actually talking about issues of global justice and debt remission and global warming and so on. I mean, there's something very bizarre about the rich arguing about sex while the poor are clamoring for justice" [emphasis mine].