George Handley on Unity in Disagreement

By Jason A. Kerr

I’ve recently been fortunate to discover the writings of George Handley. His posts meditating on Lowell Bennion’s list of ten things we ought to “learn to like” (with some of the duties shared by another writer I’ve come to treasure, Kristine Haglund) served as a wonderful introduction to a thinker from whom I’m eager to learn more.

I mention Handley here because two recent posts of his get at something that I intend to make a continuing theme of this blog going forward: the art of learning to disagree with others in a way that strives for unity rather than destroys it.

I’ll be writing more about this anon: we’re just under a month away from the 350th anniversary of the Great Ejection, in which around 2000 ministers left the Church of England rather than conform to the narrow vision of churchmanship advocated by the bishops. The actions of people on both sides of the controversies leading up to the ejection afford much fruit for thinking about unity and how (not) to achieve it.

In the meanwhile, read Handley’s “The Question of Wilderness” (part 1, part 2). Then post in the comments about your own experiences of unity amidst disagreement.

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