These six words were used by my good friend David Gushee, professor of Christian ethics at Mercer university, to describe my “approach” to engaging others. This observation was prompted by my recently making a “mid-course change” in the procedures for the ecumenical conversation on what it means to “follow Jesus” that I am currently hosting on this website. What led to my making this change was what I learned was working well, and not so well, during the first month of a twelve-month conversation.
As I thought more about this phrase, it became obvious to me that it captures a great deal of my “approach” to life throughout my Christian pilgrimage. So, I will now elaborate a bit on this, morphing into why I believe this approach to life is so challenging in these times of extreme polarization in culture and why I will persist anyway.
Twelve Month Electronic Conversation starting on August 1, 2021
Following Jesus: Perspectives from Diverse Christian Traditions
Moderator: Harold Heie
Twelve Month Agenda
Leading Question for the first of the month (Directed to the conversation partner for the tradition being featured for the month)
What are the various views of those who worship in your tradition as to what it means to “follow Jesus” and what is the primary view?
Leading Question for the 15th of the month postings (Directed to the other eleven conversation partners)
What major agreements and disagreements do you have with the views expressed in the posting of the conversation partner who submitted the first of the month posting as to what it means to “follow Jesus,” and what have you learned from that posting that has the potential to enrich, or possibly provide a corrective, to the primary view of those who worship in your tradition as to what it means to “follow Jesus?”
Leading Question for the final day of the month posting (Directed to the conversation partner being featured for the month)
As you review the eleven 15th of the month postings from the other conversation partners, what were the main things you learned from other traditions that will be helpful to those who worship in your tradition as they seek to faithfully follow Jesus into the future