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Do you know people you disagree with?

November 30, 2017

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In his latest President’s letter to be published in the January edition of the Methodist Newsletter, Laurence Graham asks if we really know people we disagree with.  Referring to the story of the woman at the well, Laurence makes the point that Jesus cut across all the barriers of division by, not only initiating a conversation, but even making himself vulnerable by asking for the woman’s help to get water.

Laurence asks us, in the New Year, to think of people with whom we disagree and make an effort, not necessarily to agree with them, but to get to know them.  He himself has made a start by attending a Party Conference of a party whose views he doesn’t agree with and also talking to people of different faiths.  He still doesn’t agree with them, but he now knows them better.  He quotes the words of the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, ‘Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike?   May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt we may.’

The full text of the letter will be printed in the January issue of the Methodist Newsletter.

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