Monday, 1 November 2010

Where have I been?

Regular visitors to this blog will have observed it has been a while since I posted again and the main reason for this is down to a lack of time - I am currently marking 17 peoples submission for section B of the Faith and Worship course as well as maintaining all the other activities I am involved in - this week is the week when I produce our bi monthly newsletter so again that is time consuming as well and of course I work full time.

I suppose a secondary reason but probably as important a reason is my disappointment with the continuing heated debate that seems to be going on across a number of blogs that I read and the tone of both the posts and comments being made.

I have always tried to recognise that other peoples views on any given topic may be different to my own and I try very hard to respect their right to hold such views. I may state my views and say that they are my views and while I respect your right to hold a different view I hope you will equally respect my right to do so.

It seems quite unfortunate to me that this is not happening within the Methodist blogosphere at the current time and having just spent some time reading posts and comments again I am very sad that the language has sunk to the type of thing I would expect to find in the playground at school and not from people I believe to be reasonably intellectual and certainly intelligent.

I have to admit that I do not feel I know enough about the situation in Israel and Palestine to comment in any depth on the issues and my reading of the blogs where these matters are being discussed has not helped me in any way to have a clearer picture.

While realising the importance of the topic being discussed I do wonder how useful it is to continue the discussion given that there seems to be little chance of an amicable resolution to the discussion where it appears that views are diametrically opposed and there seems to be no common ground where a solution may be forthcoming either in the situation in Israel or in the situation in the Methodist blogosphere.

I make no apologies for this particular post and while I realise it may attract some comment (or then again it may not) I really did think I needed to put my view on the situation and to perhaps ask for a little bit of peace and tranquility to return.

11 comments:

Richard Hall said...

I've been missing you, FP.

You're right: the recent debate hasn't always been a model of fellowship. But I think what we're seeing now in most places is a withdrawal from the personalising of the argument and a focus on the real issues.

But there's no doubt that damage has been done.

Joseph W said...

"I have always tried to recognise that other peoples views on any given topic may be different to my own and I try very hard to respect their right to hold such views. I may state my views and say that they are my views and while I respect your right to hold a different view I hope you will equally respect my right to do so."

I think this is very fair and commendable and worth everyone bearing in mind, thankyou.

john said...

A ceasefire is possible, but that won't bring healing without a real effort from some of the combatants

Methodist Preacher said...

This discussion has demonstrated just how ill-advised it was for the Methodist Conference to seek to promote a simplistic resolution to a very complex matter.

I think you are right that there is so little common ground - so why not focus on those issues where we should have common ground

Angela Shier-Jones said...

No matter how complex or emotive the issue - we are called upon to be gracious to one another. By this will all know that you are my disciples - that you love one another.

Methodist Preacher said...

I think that there is a difference between graciousness and defference.

As a Methodist Church we have adopted a very extreme position. This will inevitably lead to a robust debate.

Richard Hall said...

But even a robust debate can be gracious.

It should go without saying that I don't accept your statement that the church has adopted an extreme position. Unless you call the WCC, Amnnesty International, Christian Aid, Oxfam etc extremist too.

Methodist Preacher said...

Yes, I do regard the postion of the groups you mention as being extreme. They will be watching the outcome of the forthcoming court challenge with great interest.

Richard Hall said...

Fair enough. Mind you, I'm not sure that it is always wrong to be extremist. I remember at the time of the Miners' Strike and exchange between a journalist and Arthur Scargill in which Scargill was accused of being too extreme. He said something like: "Of course I'm being extreme. I'm extremely against pit closures."

You haven't had a re-think of the court thing, then?

Methodist Preacher said...

Well now that I've been digging I find that there is an other organisations that have access to the same legal advice I have.

They don't appear in your list a few comments back.

Once the writ has been served the Methodist Church will have to take legal advice.

Methodist Preacher said...

My English gets worse as I blog from someone else's computer.

The first sentence should read:

Well now that I've been digging I find that there are other organisations that have access to the same legal advice I have.