Monday, March 6, 2017

John Chuchman: I year for church that is..."

I yearn for church
    that is not an enclosure for the virtuous,
but more an oasis for the weary and downtrodden;
    not an experience of exclusion and elitism,
but more an encounter of radical love, inclusiveness and solidarity;
    not with an attitude of we are right and you are wrong,
but more with an attitude of openness to truth
wherever and whoever it is to be found;
not a bastion of unchangeable doctrine and dogma,
but a source of inspiration and exploration;
    not with a leadership of control and clericalism,
but more of a humble service exemplified by Jesus;
    not using a language of condemnation,
but more with a language of affirmation and compassion;
and
    not preoccupied with its own maintenance and prestige,
but more with a concern for the People of God,

all of us.

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