Dr. David N. Field is a United Methodist living in Switzerland where he serves as the Academic Coordinator for the Methodist e-Academy. He is author of the Bid Our Jarring Conflicts Cease: A Wesleyan Theology and Praxis of Church Unity (Foundery Books, 2017) and Our Purpose is Love: The Wesleyan Way to Be the Church (Abingdon Press, 2018).
Field echoes John Wesley’s teaching that visible unity of the church is both a theological and missional imperative. Unity and holiness are inseparable. Wesley taught that the people with whom we disagree are our siblings in Christ, which makes any separation desperately tragic.
In two presentations at the Uniting Conference at Impact United Methodist Church in Atlanta in November 2017, Field discussed “Holiness and the Catholic Spirit” showing how holiness is love, and “Embodying Love in a Broken World,” detailing what it means to be a welcoming and reconciling community.
You can download the outline notes from the two lectures: