Let’s Talk

The Clergy Covenant Team is committed to openness and transparency. We invite your questions and responses to our task and your part in it.

We understand that your participation will be a reflection of your experience of God’s grace, the peace of Christ Jesus, teaching of the Holy Spirit, and love of one another.



5 Responses to Let’s Talk

  1. Andy Oren says:

    I am grateful for the program offered at Green Lake this past Monday and Tuesday. I am especially grateful for my colleagues who felt this important enough to attend and to engage with one another. The fact that we came from all points of the compass, as well as all ends of the spectrum made it both challenging and rewarding. I was sorry that just as our conversation began to talk on a real depth of meaning and emotions…it was time to go. It is my prayer that all who were there will come back again to continue the conversation. Good job, Covenant team!

  2. Wesley White says:

    Steve Scott did an admirable job of presenting the Report of the Clergy Covenant Team. The comments were overwhelmingly positive. There are questions yet to be asked. A key one is about the multiple covenants we all have and how they interact with one another. The particular one raised tonight is about some who feel they might have to choose between their covenant with their understanding of scripture and their covenant with the church, in particular the clergy who have a different understanding. At issue is the issue of discrimination in the church. What to do if an understanding of scripture says some are out of bounds and the church not only invites them in but requires a steadfast relationship is to be built with them. This appears to be a significant either/or choice for some and a both/and tension that can be managed by others.

  3. I believe that the Clergy covanant if embraced in our hearts, will help us to live in an uncommon community called the Body of Christ. As we enter an era of change and renewal, I am finding my brothers and sisters in Christ helpful. They are walls to bounce ideas, pillows to absorb pain, and places to laugh at the crazyness of life. They are places where wisdom is share as well as foolisness. God bless our relationships with each other!

  4. dave says:

    i am a member of the Conference Clergy Covenant Team (as rep for the Retired Clergy Assn.)

    i am not the serious reader that others are, but i do find things here and there. Here are two metaphors that help me with this task. i think the first one comes from a recent HOMILETICS issue and the second from “somewhere” in cyberspace.

    First one:

    We can look at creeds (and theology in general) as either functioning like a bird cage or a bird bath. The “bird cage” seeks to encase Christian belief within certain expressions with no chance for expansion or development. The “bird bath” provides the source of life with the water in the bath as birds come and go in freedom.

    The bird bath model opens possibilities for growth and development in our thought as we are nourished and refreshed by the “waters” of Scripture as well as the creedal expressions that have preceded us in the faith. It does not mean we will fly off into nothingness or nonbelief. It means we will continually come back to the living waters that provide what we need to follow the trajectories toward which the Bible points; and follow the directions our creedal traditions aim us toward.

    –Donald McKim, Gathering Voices (The Thoughtful Christian blog),entry of February 26, 2011, http://blog.thethoughtfulchristian.com/2011/02/a-grandparents-dream.html. Retrieved April 4, 2012.

    Second metaphor:

    Building the Bridge As You Walk On It : A Guide for Leading Change

    Robert E. Quinn

    How to transform your organization by transforming yourself

    When it was first published, Robert Quinn’s best-selling book Deep Change revealed that anyone can become a leader of change, but to do so requires the transformation of self. The book struck a chord with thousands, and inspired readers wrote Quinn to share their stories of how his book guided them on their journeys to deep change.

    Building the Bridge As You Walk On It tells the personal stories of people who have embraced deep change and inspired author Robert Quinn to take his concept one step further and develop a new model of leadership–“the fundamental state of leadership.” The exploration of this transformative state is at the very heart of the book. Quinn shows how anyone can enter the fundamental state of leadership by engaging in the eight practices that center on the theme of ever-increasing integrity–reflective action, authentic engagement, appreciative inquiry, grounded vision, adaptive confidence, detached interdependence, responsible freedom, and tough love. After each chapter, Quinn challenges you to assess yourself with respect to each practice and to formulate a strategy for personal growth.

    Building the Bridge As You Walk On It emphasizes that developing leaders is not a simple matter of imparting a set of concepts or reaching into a toolkit of strategies and behaviors. To become a leader requires engagement in the process of deep change in oneself, thereby inviting others to do the same. Once this process is in motion, we truly begin to transform one another to become the type of leaders we strive to be.

    Me again. My personal hope is that our Team will be able to outline (and model) a process (conversation, relationship network) rather than produce a product (paper, list of rules, etc.).


  5. lakemillsumc says:

    Really like your color pallete. Darkness molding into yellow is perfect. For yellow stands for wisdom, creativity, intellectual eneergy, clarity and optimism; all traits we need in our covenant creation together. Plus the Greek and Hebrew added give the header that important inclusive/biblical frame.

    Bill McBride

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