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The Role of Church Assemblies in Building a Civil Society: The Case of the United Methodist General Conference's Debate on Homosexuality

James R. Wood and Jon P. Bloch
Sociology of Religion
Vol. 56, No. 2 (Summer, 1995), pp. 121-136
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3711759
Page Count: 16
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The Role of Church Assemblies in Building a Civil Society: The Case of the United Methodist General Conference's Debate on Homosexuality
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Abstract

This paper argues that church assemblies, as examples of "private legislatures," help to build a civil society by modeling civility in discourse on controversial societal issues and by devising concrete means for effecting the resolution of those issues. We examine the UMC General Conference's debate on homosexuality and the products of that debate.

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