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RE-IMAGINING REVIVAL '98 :
National Conference, April 16-19, 1998,
St. Paul Minnesota


According to the RE-IMAGINING website, the Coordinating Council includes at least three UMC clergy, Rev. Fayetta Clark, Rev. Marylee Fithian(co-chair), and retired Rev. Jeanne Audrey Powers* (former associate general secretary with the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, a "Reconciling UMC General Agency").

The GUIDING PHILOSOPHY OF RE-IMAGINING has been expressed as the following:

We believe in the powerful potential of a grassroots movement because our history and our traditions have taught us that wherever two or more are gathered with holy intentions, the spirit of Christ is present. We are an ecumenical movement that:

  • claims the creative power, transforming spirit, and inexhaustible depth of the Christian faith;
  • gives voice to those who are called to discipleship but who have been denied full participation by the institutional church;
  • embraces dialogue, questioning, and storytelling as tools for faith development;
  • works to challenge the system of patriarchy and other sinful structures that deny equality because of skin color, culture, class, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other human-constructed barriers that divide us;
  • resists absolutist viewpoints that deny the ongoing revelation of God;
  • celebrates the God of history who comes to us in many images with many names as demonstrated throughout scripture, the traditions, and our imaginations;
  • acts as a community of change agents capable of, responsible for, and called to God's work;
  • joins the global community that works for justice and calls for revitalization of our churches.

(source: http://home.earthlink.net/~mfithian/#GUIDING PHILOSOPHY)

David W. Cloud of O Timothy magazine describes the first Re-Imagining Conference, the bizarre religious "images" offered up for worship as Sophia Goddess, and who participated.

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