Simon Clift writes:
Jesus didn’t say, “Where 2 or 3 are gathered in my name, there will be disagreement” – but he might as well have done!
Over the last 6 months, a group of 12 of us have met monthly to honestly face up to genuine disagreements Christians have on a range of important issues. We have looked at how we understand the Bible as God’s Word, sanctity of life issues, gender roles within the Church, the place of miracles, a pastoral responses to gender dysphoria and Christian involvement in politics.
Over the sessions we have grown in our ability to think through the issues and articulate them in a respectful way and to listen to other people’s views.
One member said, “I loved the group for "disagreeing well" and showing me that topics I have frequently looked at, still bear revisiting in a different context with different people for fresh insights. In depth discussion can bring me closer to God, both then and on later reflection.“
Another added, “One of the ways in which I hone my views on important issues is by listening to those whom I respect but who may have different opinions and this group provided a forum to facilitate this.”
In a world which finds it increasingly hard to disagree well, here is an opportunity for us to model Christian grace and unity despite disagreement.
As a group we would love to draw in others (especially from younger generations) who would also be interested in considering important contentious issues in an atmosphere of grace.
Email me (SimonClift@doctors.org.uk) or speak to others you know who were part of the group if you are interested to find out more.
“We have grown in our ability to articulate issues in a respectful way and to listen”