For discussion: Are we one?

Questions for reflecting on and discussing the feature article, Are We One? (Sept. 15, 2014 issue)

September 10, 2014 | Feature
By Barb Draper |

1. What is the relationship of the various Christian denominations in your community? Are there formal contacts between congregations? In what settings do the denominations work together?

2. What does it mean to be “one in Christ”? Do you agree with Ryan Dueck that this was easier in the past when Mennonites lived in tight, close-knit communities? Why can it be disconcerting to associate with people who don’t think like we do? Do we tend to aim for uniformity, rather than unity, in the church?

3. Do you agree that in our society “the sovereign self is the centre around which everything else orbits”? How does this influence our attitudes and our understanding of I Corinthians 13? Who are the people who have taught you how to love others in the church?

4. Who are the Christians you have the most trouble loving? Is it too much to ask that we love those whose views seem distasteful or offensive? How can we work at deepening the love between brothers and sisters in Christ?

--Posted Sept. 10, 2014

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