Unity Proposal 2.0

For my readers that aren't in the ICOC, you can safely skip this and save yourself 5 mins.

So, I guess there's a new addendum to the document (United Plan for Cooperation, or UPC) that was to fade away for churches to sign agree to. Sheesh, I hope we don't have another big signature agreement discussion / debate / brouhaha over this one.

Anyway, at one time it was a big deal to me, so I thought I'd acknowledge it. Now? Not so much. The original Unity Proposal has turned out to be a non-issue as far as I'm concerned. I guess it helped those who thought it was a good idea, from my perspective it had little to no impact on our church, which is a good thing.

Anyway, it's there with more things to agree to, or maybe it's the same things stated in a different way or something. I honestly don't care, as long as it doesn't effect what we are doing here. I only mention it out of tradition as it used to be a Big Deal to me.

My focus these days is both bigger (Jesus, the Gospel, the larger Christian community, etc) and smaller (my family, my kids) these days, so this is simply a momentary distraction. It was always sort of an answer in search of a question anyway.

Anyway, there it is. Sorry to waste your time.

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Really? I thought no big deal with the UPC, but now I'm struggling with the gentle pressure to "return to our roots" felt here and in my former TX church. How are you staying focused?

Heighdy-ho, neighbor - from over here in reg'lar ol' church of Christ-land.

Is there a translation for that document?

I used to be able to ken CorporateSpeak a little during my days as an advertising copywriter - but that's been about fifteen years ago, now.

I can still decipher quite a bit of LegalSpeak, though - we c-of-C'ers still have pockets where naught else is spoken.

Missy - I'm not sure if you mean 'you' as in 'me' or 'you' as in 'my church'. I don't speak for the church, so I'm gonna answer as me.

One way I stay focused is that I'm no longer in any kind of leadership role. That may change in the future, but for now I think it keeps me isolated from whatever 'old school' talk may be going on.

Second, we are blessed with a minister who is more concerned with leading us to Jesus than doing what we once did. He certainly has more sympathy for the old ways and maintaining our ICOC identity than I do, but his primary concern is for this church and our relationship with God. That helps a lot.

Lastly, I spend a lot of time on line reading stuff from folks outside the ICOC. In fact, most of what I read is non-ICOC stuff. I read your blog, Pinikidion's and Alan's and that's about it. I don't visit Disciples Today or any of the affiliates. I've learned a lot from reading folks like Jared Wilson, Kevin Knox, The Thinklings, Keith's, Scott Roche and others. That helps me to see the larger Christian community and that it's bigger than the ICOC kingdom.

Keith - You don't want a translation, trust me. Frankly, I had a hard time wading through it too.

I find the fact that it makes no sense to an 'outsider' telling as to it's usefulness.

Thanks, Doug. I did mean 'you' as in 'you' - I know enough to know that's all you got, man. :)

I guess I'm doing all these things, too - really, I even read most of the same blogs! And I am blessed with a similarly focused minister. But we're close to Boston here, just appointed new elders, and with recent conference lessons titled, "Looking Back Dreaming Forward" and "Book of Boston: 30 Years in the Making"...well, let's just say I feel poised to fight authority of any kind. I think I've been getting more challenges about the ICOC and that might be the root of it. I'm not interested in defending the org, but I love my church here.

I'll keep on keepin' on!

Doug,
You're not wasting my time, this proposal or whatever you want to call it is a whole 'nother story. I'm an insider and I don't get it either. What exactly is this supposed to mean practically? Oy vey. Well, let's see what comes back from ILC. Looks like more fun ahead.



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  • Thanks, Doug. I did mean 'you' as in 'you' - I know enough to know that's all you got, man. :) I guess I'm doing all these things, too - really, I even read most of the same blogs! And I am blessed with a similarly focu...

  • Missy - I'm not sure if you mean 'you' as in 'me' or 'you' as in 'my church'. I don't speak for the church, so I'm gonna answer as me. One way I stay focused is that I'm no longer in any kind of leadership role. That ...

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