This-essay is a9910281.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %PRESBYNET ESSENTIAL THINGS MEETING RELATIONSHIPS+991028 %REFLEXIVE OBJECT SUBJECT SCIENTIFIC REALITY SINS+991028 %ABSENCE LACK MISSING COOPERATION HEALTHY DIALOGUE+991028 %DOMINATION SYSTEM CONTROL LAW ORDER CHAOS CONFUSE+991028 %REDEMPTIVE VIOLENCE COERCION SALVATION DICTATORS 991028 (The following was the opener note to begin a meeting on PresbyNet under the heading ESSENTIAL THINGS.) This meeting is a place to discuss extensive initial notes posted in this meeting. The notes focus upon what "THINGS" are essential to continued personal and communal integrity. The word "THINGS" will often be put in quotation marks to indicate that the realities which are the focus of this meeting are NOT objects, are NOT objective things like objects, NOR are they things which can be manipulated with integrity as modern scientists and engineers manipulate material objects treated as means to the achievement of certain objectives. Essential "THINGS" are usually reflexive realities; i.e., having to do with people-participating-in-personal- relationships --- rather than having to do with isolated- people-as-individuals-considered-apart-from their parti- cipation in personal relationships. Essential "THINGS" are essential in the sense that people cannot long be healthy people of integrity within an integrative community --- in the absence of any of the essential "THINGS". Essential "THINGS" are essential to the continuity of both personal and communal integrity; for without an essential "THING" both personal and communal integrity decline. Essential "THINGS" are not essential in-the-sense- of-being-more-important than other essential "things". Nothing which is essential is so important as to be the ground for denigrating something else which is also essential. Essential "THINGS" serve as the foundations for cooperation, building communities, conflict-resolution, peace-making, and for the evaluation of other things which are not truly essential to personal and communal integration. Readers may gain an insight into the way in which essential "THINGS" in the sense of this meeting are essential --- by considering some essential "things" in the realm of human biological/medical health: 1. Adequate clean water and fresh air. 2. Adequate sewage and garbage removal procedures. 3. Adequate nutritious and clean food with essential vitamins/minerals. cialize. 6. Adequate medical attention and support when illness strikes. 7. Adequate opportunities to relax and sleep. - - - - In the coming weeks additional notes from the moderator will seek to stimulate some consideration of and discussion of the implicit theological affirmations which are made by people on opposite sides of hot debates within mainline protestant denominations. Often people take overt positions on controversial issues --- and then engage in overt conflict with each other about the overt positions taken on those overtly controversial issues. Yet, the conflicts are really about some IMPLICIT THEOLOGICAL AFFIRMATIONS which are the implicit foundations for the positions taken. The hope here is to help participants become more aware of and clear about the IMPLICIT THEOLOGICAL AFFIRMATIONS which often remain in the shadows of our conflicts with each other within God's Christian Churches. In this meeting you are asked to: 1. Offer suggestions of how to point to additional ESSENTIAL THINGS which are not adequately pointed to in the initial notes included in this meeting. 2. Offer criticisms of initial notes which are posted in this meeting when you see them as vague, misleading, confused, unclear, not-really-essential, etc. 3. Comment about, or ask about, implications present in accepting ESSENTIAL THINGS as being essential to both our personal and communal integrity. 4. Comment about ESSENTIAL THINGS which seem to you be contrary to the plain meaning of scriptures in the Bible, traditional confessions, church traditions, formal church polity, etc. 5. Focus upon affirmations as much as is possible; i.e., take care to avoid negative language as much as is possible. 6. Address each other in ways which are gentle, kindly, gracious and respectful --- focusing upon theological affirmations rather than focusing negatively upon people or classes of people and their beliefs, attitudes, ideals, values, principles, or behaviors. 7. Avoid making statements which imply judgments, condemnations and/or denigrations of individual persons or classes of persons defined in any way. 8. Respond to notes as you usually respond to notes, when viewing the text of the note, so that there is an automatic reference to the note number included in your response. Unless your response pertains to the full text of the note --- seek to include only the portion of the initial note which is relevant to your response. END OF OPENING NOTE (c) 2005 by Paul A. 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