Building Gracious Space in the PCUSA: Shared Feelings
The Presbyterian Church (USA) faces difficult discussions ahead. Marriage is once again being is debated and discussed in presbyteries across the country as we consider recommendations from the 221st General Assembly, in particular, recommendation 14F. My thoughts turn to what it will take to inspire gracious, productive conversations about marriage in our church. For me, it starts with shared feelings, a topic I recently wrote about for a post on More Light Presbyterians’ website.
Below is an excerpt from the piece. You can read the full post on MLP’s website.
As befits our “presbyterian church,” politics is, in many ways, our spirituality. The coming voting season is a test: are we ready to be the church of Jesus Christ? Can we listen prayerfully to every speaker? Can we choose not to fight among ourselves any more? Can we create together common ground, not so much as compromise, rather, as something else, something new, something that will blossom as the Body of Christ into the future God has in store for us?
I’ll be sharing more thoughts on this topic in the future, but I want to know: where do you see opportunities to build a gracious space in your church? How important are shared feelings to bridging the divide between us? I look forward to reading your comments below.