Trying to figure out Uncorrelated Mormons
I think I’ve talked about the middle way/new order phenomenon for a while…but not John Dehlin has a new (catchy) name for his take on it: uncorrelated Mormon. His goals are, as usual, pretty ambitious, as he has begun to create Local Communities of Support to supplement/augment the church experience.
And I understand why, from a perspective of compassion, it would make sense to recognize and sympathize with these people.
…but…more and more, I feel that the church — as a religion with truth claims and espoused values — has little reason to support Dehlin’s efforts or the uncorrelated Mormon ideal.
I made forays to New Order Mormon for the posters’ thoughts, and of course, I wrote a post at W&T, but I can’t help but feel as if by metrics the church would care about, many new order or uncorrelated Mormons are already lost.
I don’t think the church cares so much about difference in belief. However, I do think the church cares about certain actionable qualities. Does the member pay tithing? Is the member willing and able to serve in certain roles (for example, leadership, teaching)? Is the member willing and able to share the truth claims of the church?
It seems to me that while the uncorrelated Mormon may embrace his Mormonness, he or she embraces a Mormonness that may not serve the church’s goals.
For example, if one doesn’t believe in the truth claims of the church, then will one be a missionary? Does one have that incentive to share the Gospel with nonmember friends?
And if one disagrees with the way the funds would be employed by the church, would one have incentive to tithe?
It seems to me that even if people were allowed to “stay LDS” as uncorrelated Mormons, then they have so redefined their terms of engagement with the church as to make them functionally equivalent to someone who has left the church. (Of course, this depends on the metrics I have hypothesized being accurate assumptions).
I could be off. Maybe if x, y, and z happened (e.g., the church were more forthcoming about its history, about certain doctrines), then New Order Mormons and uncorrelated Mormons would have no problem paying tithing, returning to full activity, and preaching Mormonism to friends. But I somehow am skeptical of this.
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