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Trust – You can’t require it, you can only give it.

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Rev. Sergei Nikolaev (Central Russia) shares with delegates in the Eurasia continent gathering.

Throughout General Conference, Holy Conferencing sessions have been held on critical issues facing the church. The Holy Conferencing sessions were designed to give delegates opportunities to be in dialogue with others of differing views. The last conferencing session, held on April 30, was a continental gathering that gave delegates from similar geographic regions an opportunity to reflect on four questions:

  1. What are advantages of being a worldwide church?
  2. What needs to be strengthened to maximized our fruitfulness & faithfulness?
  3. How can we honor each others’ differences while strengthening our unity?
  4. How can we move toward more equitable sharing of power & representation around the world?

In the Eurasia continental session the Rev. Sergei Nikolaev, from Central Russia annual conference, shared his thoughts on the last question. “You cannot require trust from other people. The only way to get trust is to give it first. And you have to be ready to be hurt because when you give trust, you open up [the possibility of being] vulnerable; but that’s the only way forward. If everyone will start trusting and giving trust, then I think we’ll have trust for each other.”

Can members of The United Methodist Church learn to trust one another? What are your thoughts on the reflection questions and Rev. Nikolaev’s comment?

1 comment

  1. Arlene Thompson

    I think we can learn to trust each other, but we have to also have complete trust in God; that He knows what He is doing in the world, in the Church, and with His people. For some reason, that seems to be a very difficult thing for most people to do. Also, let me say that it really gladdens my heart that the central conferences are growing so much in numbers and, especially, in faith. It gives hope to this 65 year old, lifelong Methodist, for the future of our Church.

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