“LIVING WELL WITH THE TENSION BETWEEN LOVE AND LAW”
Come to Baltimore and participate in a PEOPLES SYNOD September 27-29, 2019! Bring your stories of the Spirit at work in your communities. Listen to the stories of others. Develop a sense of mission and practice a way of sharing that empowers you to go back home and engage your communities to be church in a new way, as envisioned and preached by Christ as the reign of God.
In Baltimore see how Christ’s “new covenant” – that loving one another is the source and measure of “all the law and the prophets” – provides a path toward the unity for which Jesus prayed. Unity comes naturally if loving one another is itself more important than the particulars of a tradition. This priority is a pillar of the “new covenant”.
If the discipline of each community assures that its laws and rituals are rooted in – and ultimately the servant of -- love for one another, then different communities are joined together not simply by the common principle of loving one another but because that principle is the master and not the servant of each community’s traditional norms and practices.
Each community can respect the traditions of another community, because it will know that traditional norms and practices are held accountable to love and justice. Each community can have its own process for making sure that, in those situations where it makes a difference, love and justice prevail over the “objective criteria” that drive traditional norms and practices.