Just a word of thanks....
Sent: Sunday, June 02, 2002 8:11 AM
Subject: Just a word of thanks....
Dear Bishop Galvan,
I just wanted to thank you for your principled stance regarding the Williams case. There are quite a few things in the UM Book of Discipline that I think really ought to be trashed, too, despite what the vast majority of Methodists believe and hold dear, despite what church tradition teaches us and despite what God's Word clearly states. Like I said...I'm with you on this. Go with your gut "feeling". Go with the flow.
A few of other things I wish we could get rid of in the Book of Discipline: 1) the implications therein that suggest that the resurrection really happened, 2) that Jesus was "virgin" born..... (What a hoot THAT is!).....3) that Jesus is actually God and His Word is authoritative.....
And that's just for starters. But first things first, and you've certainly got things started in the right direction! Keep up the good work!
Like you, I'm cut from the Sprague-ian cloth of mish-mash theologies. Chaos and anarchy are not necessarily "bad" things. They, in fact, can help us to search our inner child to find therapeutic Self-Healing and enlightenment......
But, again..... Thank you for your firm commitment to the principle of perpetual theological re-imaginings. Thousands upon thousands will, I'm sure leave the denomination as a result of your courageous stance, but I just wanted to let you know that I, at least, stand behind you 150%! For too long the church has tried to stand "apart" from the ways of the world. Now that we are beginning ....(finally!).... to realize that we need to love and embrace the world and its ways, the world won't be hesitant to come to us. After all, what was Burger King before they embraced the concept of "Have it YOUR way!?" That's right! Absolutely nowhere.
I think your strategy in the Williams case is a brilliant stroke of marketing strategy. How else, after all, can we expect to please the customer if we don't offer them what they want to hear?
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