In the current debate over sexuality, Disciples can learn from their experiences with slavery. GMP Sharon Watkins and other Disciples leaders function as ecclesiastical politicians just as Alexander Campbell did. As an editor Campbell politically shepherded debate over slavery, so also Watkins politically shepherds ecclesiastical debate over gays and lesbians.. If Disciples divide over today’s issue, it can call into question the fundamental Disciples commitment to unity. Moving from an essentials/opinion approach to unity to a tragic choices model to manage conflicting principles, this essay calls Disciples to practice a realistic church politics to preserve unity around a common table.
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