Reflecting on Church #15: Moving Towards Unity and Acceptance
With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #15.
This United Methodist Church is an outlier congregation, quite unlike the others we visited. Though we enjoyed them all, this one stands out; the happy memory of attending this church lingers. I want to return. In only a few of the 52 churches did I feel the active presence of the Holy Spirit; this is one—and he draws me back.
I was surprised to learn there’s a charismatic element within the United Methodist Church. Their denomination is intentional about everyone, both churches and their leaders, accepting one another despite differing views on the role and function of the Holy Spirit. They seek mutual acceptance and shun division.
I wish all churches would adopt this attitude. They’ve even written a helpful document to offer a healthy and holistic approach: Guidelines: The United Methodist Church and the Charismatic Movement. It’s a great example to follow.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.