Disagreeing With Both Passion and Openness: Is It Possible? AMBS Forum– 12/4/09 “Talking about Homosexuality and the Church” Carolyn Schrock-Shenk. Is it possible to be both passionately and openly committed to a perspective or belief; and to be equally committed
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With Both Passion and Openness:
Is It Possible?
AMBS Forum– 12/4/09
“Talking about Homosexuality and the Church”
to be both passionately and openly committed to a perspective or belief;
and to be equally committed
to maintaining or building a relationship
with someone just as passionately committed to an opposite view?
1. We are all created in the image of God and we worship and follow the same God
2. We have different – and sometimes conflicting views/beliefs about homosexuality
3. Our differences about the meaning of scripture – and vigorous debate about these differences – is good
4. We are committed to maintaining strong relationships with each other in the midst of these differences
5. In our history there have been issues about which our beliefs have stayed much the same, or have strengthened (violence/war; service; Jesus) as well as issues about which we have revised our beliefs (coverings, women leaders, bishops)
6. All of us have some of the Truth. None of us has all the Truth.
In your past discussions about homosexuality:
1. What you seen/experienced that absolutely does not work?
2. What have you seen/experienced that has been successful (at least at some level)?
For actually talking about homosexuality
1. What has been the most painful to you personally about homosexuality discussions in the past? (What are the negative things that the “other” side(s) thinks/says about you?)
2. What can you say to the other group(s) that could help move the discussion in a positive direction? (A commitment you’re making; an apology for something that remains unhealed, a request for enlightenment ; etc.)
• Personal history, current involvement, etc.
• Why does it matter? Values, beliefs, etc.
• Uncertainties, dilemmas, ambiguities, value conflicts within your own viewpoint/position