Monday, April 23, 2018

Church

Church
should not be about
providing the answers
to people's faith questions,
instead encouraging
and helping them
to live the questions.

(Jesus asked more questions
than he answered.)

Church
should not be about
a building
or a hierarchical organization,
instead connoting
a simple gathering (ekklesia)
of people
seeking spiritual growth
and nourishment.

(Why have we moved the Sacred Table
so far out of our homes?)

Church
should not be
a tower of babel
requiring everyone
to do things the same way,
instead celebrating creation’s diversity,
learning from others’ varied life experiences.

(Inclusivity does not require conformity.)

Church
should be
less about externals
(signs of piety, etc.)
and
more about internals
(spiritual growth, nurturing, and transformation).

Church
should be less about earning the next life
and more about finding Joy in this life.

Church
should not exist
for the benefit of its clergy,
instead striving to help
any and all needy of the world.

(We need no intermediaries
twixt us and our creator.)

Church
should be
about the simple life and teachings of Jesus,
less about
a regal Christ.

We are Church
or
should be.


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