Changing the subject

Unity in the midst of strife
This is the season when church bodies convene and contend over the issue of homosexuality. It is usually a wearisome struggle for all parties, and the struggle usually generates questions about whether there is a better way for Christians to deal with their differences.

In this issue, O. Wesley Allen Jr. considers the possibility that irreconcilable differences can and perhaps should lead a denomination to arrange an amicable split. But if such a schism happens, Allen suggests, it should be because discussions have uncovered profound theological differences, differences that go deeper than the issue of homosexuality.


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