The Conference of which I am a clergy member, the Central Texas Conference, is the midst of a realignment process. We had a task force appointed in 2009 and their report was published October 1 (this month). It is available here. I’ve only posted about this once; here.
I read the report as soon as it was available, and have had discussions about it now and again over the past year. The final decision about our conference’s realignment will be made on Saturday, November 13, at a called session of Annual Conference that will be held at FUMC Mansfield. The report is titled: The Exodus Project: A Transformational Roadmap for a Church in Transition.
Here’s my question for you: Is exodus the appropriate imagery? Or is exile more fitting?
Since the exodus reference is biblical, it seems to me to beg the question, “From what are we being delivered?” or “To what (or whom) were we enslaved, such that we are now talking of being delivered?”
It seems to me the exile is a more fitting metaphor for the church’s situation. What we look back to in our recent past was less enslavement than glory years of resting on the cultural presumption that we had it made. Isn’t that what Christendom was?
I can’t wait to read/receive your opinions!