[UMC] Stymied by structure

a mystical möbius — curating facts, ideas, text, and media to create a contemplative space.   ~~~~~   A serial narration My "UMC schism, a holistic take" project is a narration of my hypothesis, i.e., the 95% solution [95%S]. I've argued that our traditional thinking habits ["rock logic"] and our premises ("tradition" vs. "inclusion") have structured … Continue reading [UMC] Stymied by structure

“I Am Right You Are Wrong”

a mystical möbius — curating facts, ideas, text, and media to create a contemplative space.   ~~~~~   Change There are experiences that change our thinking. (I include books in this. Reading a book can produce a thinking-changing experience.) Recently, I discovered that sometimes we may not realize the long-term effects an experience, or a … Continue reading “I Am Right You Are Wrong”

And, if pain is a premise?

a mystical möbius — curating facts, ideas, text, and media to create a contemplative space.   ~~~~~   Our premises create structure As in the theory underpinning "ice nine," our premises create structure. [Ice-nine is a fictional solid polymorph of water from Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Cat's Cradle.] The past five weeks ["UMC schism, a holistic take" mini-series … Continue reading And, if pain is a premise?

divisive premises -> structure

a mystical möbius — curating facts, ideas, text, and media to create a contemplative space.   ~~~~~   B&W absolutist premises -> schismatic structure Many folks trust that God justly executes absolutist judgments; however, most people (95%?) deeply comprehend that humans do not.  In the last three missives (part 1; part 2; part 3) of the … Continue reading divisive premises -> structure

ah, oh, … down a rabbit hole?

a mystical möbius — curating facts, ideas, text, and media to create a contemplative space.   ~~~~~   "Rabbit hole?" This week, in conversations about my last two missives (part 1; part 2; ... this being part 3), I've learned that others have created typologies since the Lambrecht/Berlin version in 2016.  Notable is a nuanced … Continue reading ah, oh, … down a rabbit hole?

UMC schism, a holistic take

a mystical möbius — curating facts, ideas, text, and media to create a contemplative space.   ~~~~~   We are stuck!!! Jesus Christ's Church is just fine! However, the fact that The People Called United Methodist are having extreme difficulty presenting an embodied witness to Christ's holistic community is an existential threat to the UMC. … Continue reading UMC schism, a holistic take

Barney’s bullet strategy and unintended consequences

a mystical möbius — curating facts, ideas, text, and media to create a contemplative space.   ~~~~~   BBS thought experiment [continues]  —BBS = “Barney’s Bullet strategy” (i.e., eliminating mass gun violence) [week one; week two] A "thought experiment" is a lot like fiction, in that it requires a temporary suspension of disbelief. BBS definitely puts … Continue reading Barney’s bullet strategy and unintended consequences