Thursday, July 19, 2018

General Convention 2018 illustrated more than once that moral discernment rarely involves a simple decision between good and evil. That’s true for any of us as individuals, and when a whole body tries publicly to discern the right path, it is more complicated. People of formed Christian conscience disagree over competing goods because they differ in their method of moral reasoning; which facts they consider most relevant; their particular theological framework; and their own experience, life-story, and context.
 
General Convention 2018 deputies found themselves debating whether to move toward divestment from companies who profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Some argued for divestment, based on a commitment to liberation and justice. Others argued that a commitment to a two-state solution requires our ability to support both sides, an ability undermined by a divestment that would be seen as antagonistic to Israel. You can read the final outcome here.
 
https://www.vbinder.net/resolutions/D019?house=hd&lang=en
 
As you can see, discernment will continue. As it does, let us pray for the people of the middle east, that justice may be done in a heartbreaking situation. Reconciliation seems distant; and yet, the God who brings life from death can do all things.
 
The Rev. James W. Farwell, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology and Liturgy
Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs
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