Strengthening Unity Within Diversity

– Reaffirming and strengthening our core commitments (to Jesus and his kingdom/statement of faith/beliefs/EBC’s vision/mission/values) while creating opportunities for conversation (cultivating healthy conversation?) within and among our two congregations regarding cultural issues and theological diversity.

– A commitment to strengthen our core (vision/mission/values/beliefs) while acknowledging the diversity within our two congregations.

 

What are we asking for?
Strengthening unity within diversity or affirming/exploring/deepening our diversity while maintaining unity?

7 Responses to “Strengthening Unity Within Diversity”

  1. Elya says:

    My vote is for the first statement, but with the inclusion of “acknowledging our diversity”.

    I.e. – Reaffirming and strengthening our core commitments (to Jesus and his kingdom) while acknowledging the diversity within and among our two congregations, creating opportunities for healthy conversation (regarding cultural issues and theological differences).

  2. Kent a. says:

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    I want to support the portion of the first statement that recognizes or calls for the opportunities for healthy communication on the issues identified. Am a little concerned we seem to be suggesting real or perceived “differences” between the two congregations. Not sure we can or should assume these differences are real, particularly around these important issues, until communication and dialogue has occurred.

  3. Fraser says:

    I think that we need to have a clear definition of what we are going to be unified around.
    In my mind, this would center around the teachings of scripture, and our collective wrestling with the truth of scripture, and how to live our lives, in the light of that teaching. Scripture tells us it is inspired of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction. There is, a within our culture, and time, a push to accept whatever spiritual position a person has. Unity then means that we will never take a firm position for fear of upsetting the unity. Yes, we certainly need unity, and we are called to it in scripture, but that unity needs to be centered around spiritual truth.

  4. Alan Barr says:

    Good statements but which need greater clarity.
    – Reaffirming and strengthening our commitment to Jesus and to our core vision, beliefs, and values as gleaned from the bible, while cultivating healthy conversation around cultural and theological areas in which we accept and embrace diversity.

    What are we asking for?
    Strengthening unity within diversity or affirming/exploring/deepening our diversity while maintaining unity?
    The former.

  5. Kyla says:

    I like what Allan wrote and feel that inclusion of the statement ‘core vision, beliefs and values’ provides a clear enough definition of what we are trying to be unified around. To focus in on one facet of faith (ie.scripture) would undermine the overarching theme of acceptance of diversity.

    I’m not sure I would include ‘as gleaned from the bible’. It feels a bit cumbersome, but otherwise the statement as Allan wrote it flows beautifully.

  6. Dorothy says:

    The first statement is clear and direct. I would caution on developing statements that are “too wordy.”

  7. Jenelle Lepp says:

    This is a tough one.
    Here’s my best shot.

    Reaffirming and strengthening our commitment to Jesus and to our core vision, beliefs, and values while acknowledging the diversity within our congregations, creating opportunities for healthy conversation (regarding cultural issues and theological differences).

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