I don't know how many of you claim to be a part of a process... but I am here to tell you that I am currently, and have been (for who knows how long), a part of the United Methodist Process. Part of that process includes participation in higher education... like... lets say seminary... (as I find myself in the closing days of my third year, it would probably be the most constructive if I choose not to rant about this right now!!!) Any hoo.... I find myself a week away from commisioning as an ordained elder... commisioning is short for, 'almost but not yet.' Back in Wesley's day they used to refer to this as being on trial... I think I like that more than our current term, 'probation.' At any rate, if I mind my manners, I will only be on probation for 4 years before being ordained an elder in the United Methodist denomination. As I eneterd the process for commissioning, I was blessed with the opportunity to sit before three elders and answer a wide variety of personal, theological, and ecclesial questions. As well, I had the opportunity to answer several questions, in writing, that are cast forth from the United Methodist Book of Discipline... Since I haven't posted in a while, and since we are a week away from commissioning (pending a vote by the clergy in my conference) I thought I would post a few of my answers... Keep in mind that these are my initial answers and are, by all means, works in progress.
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