Uniting Methodists Document and the Local Option (Part IV): Is Homosexual Practice Condemned in the New Testament?
We are finally prepared to examine the details of the most prominent “local option” proposal known as the Uniting Methodists Document. The first three articles in this series focused on various foundational issues about the true nature of church unity and the primacy of Scripture in adjudicating conflicts, both explicitly stated in our Discipline, but […]
Uniting Methodists Document and the Local Option (Part III): Experience, Scripture, and the Quadrilateral
This is the third installment in a series of reflections on the current crisis within the United Methodist church over human sexuality. According to the November 9th press release from the Council of Bishops, the “local option” is one of the three options currently under consideration to help resolve this debate. The local option would […]
Uniting Methodists Document and the Local Option (Part II): The Authority and Interpretation of Scripture
This is the second installment in a series of reflections on the “local option” to resolve the current crisis in the United Methodist Church. The “local option” would remove all language related to human sexuality from the Discipline and allow local churches to make decisions regarding membership and pastoral leadership and permit annual conferences to […]
Uniting Methodists Document and the Local Option (Part I)
One of the phrases which will become more and more prominent in the next few years within United Methodist churches will be the phrase “local option.” This is a proposed solution to the current crisis in the United Methodist church over same sex marriage. While there are several local option proposals, they all share the […]