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Feb 08, 2011

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Dennis Sanders

As I read some blogs relating to this article, I was thinking about how it is to be a pastor. I tend to be socially liberal/fiscally conservative, and I've learned to not be so vocal of my own views with other pastors in mainline settings. Of course, most of my colleagues are not so quiet and tend to reflect the dominate left-leaning view and assume that everyone else thinks the same way they do. I wish there was a way we could actually talk about these issues respecting that others might not see eye to eye.

Michael W. Kruse

Dennis, I frequently experience what I call a "salute the flag" moment when I get around groups of Presbyterians. A group of people who don't know each other become part of a task force or a committee. Early on in informal conversation, someone makes a disparaging remark about Bush, or Republicans, or some conservative view that is recently in the news. Then everyone chimes in to affirm their displeasure and, by doing so, shows their allegiance to the "correct" ideology. It is important the we make it safe for people to disagree while also being honest about our own views. I think that is a real struggle.

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