How do we handle the tough issues? The Southeastern Iowa Synod challenged me with that question recently. The question could hardly be more relevant. We live in a time that requires careful discernment of God's will. The ELCA continues to struggle with ecumenism and sexuality — and next year we will elect 21 synod bishops and a new presiding bishop.
As Americans we probably hear this question with an emphasis on how. We love our technologies, believing they can solve our problems. So, naturally, we're attracted to ways, techniques — a method — to deal with thorny issues.
But how isn't the most important word in the question. Far more critical is the word we: How do we — as congregations and larger church structures — handle tough issues?
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