In May 2003 Mornington Methodists were asked who would be interested in joining a group for sharing thoughts and feelings about faith and religion. Out of that came the Explorers group, which has maintained a membership of around 15.
Listening to one another we have come to appreciate our diversity. We are not required to think exactly alike or to follow just one theological line. We do not work through studies when we get together. To have faith is not to adopt a given set of propositions. Rather it is to be on a journey. None of us would wish to have remained where we were in childhood or where our Christian educators left us.
We have nevertheless tried to say something that might represent our group as a whole. We arrived at the following sentences, which certainly have only an interim character:
(A Dunedin Methodist Statement, 2004)
There are no theological assertions of a traditional sort here, though the last sentence, without specifying just what faith should say, does suggest how we might test our faith: what quality of life does it lead us to live?
We list here diverse contributions, from our members and others in harmony with our approach.