A big theme this fall will be both a candid acknowledgment of (a) the deep polarization in many of our communities and (b) a call to move forward. That, from a Christian New Church perspective, calls out a prophetic sensibility where we both have the discipline to confront the facts with honestly and forthrightness, and at the same time, to cast a vision fueled by unwavering hope.
What is that vision?
With a smile, I will start here – the vision is not about politicizing church. It is very easy given the tensions of this age to create what one author called “weaponized belonging.” May we never be that!
What will we be then?
We will be a New Church congregation of fellow travelers. We will remain a place of civility and kindness, claiming and caring for everyone’s identity, needs, and beliefs without degrading others in the process. We will continually search out common ground pointed towards serving the common good as both the starting point and the end point in doing our humble best to be generous agents of God’s love.
No matter what position on any issue before us, I can almost guarantee, there are others in the congregation who choose to see the world differently. As a Pastor, I don’t believe the perspectives per se are nearly as big an issue as the anger and animosity that tends to fuel them in our wider national discourse. Anger and animosity are the enemies. Not our neighbors.
What can we do together then? Build a church!
“The purpose of the New Church is not to destroy anything but to build something.” Emanuel Swedenborg
Do you live local to the Philadelphia area? Are you interested in volunteering at St. Francis Inn? St. Francis Inn is a homeless shelter serving dinner to the homeless in Kensington. They serve dinner “restaurant style” to the addicted and homeless population. There are groups going down at least twice per month. For an up to date list of service opportunities follow along on the Facebook group “New Church Live Friends of Saint Francis Inn”
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