For their reflection last Wednesday, the virtual MK Affiliate Chapter used the piece below to begin their conversation. It was a lively and evocative discussion.
Quaker pastor Philip Gulley summarizes how we must rebuild spirituality from the bottom up in his book, If the Church Were Christian. Here Richard Rohr OFM takes the liberty of using his own words to restate Gulley’s message. It offers a rather interesting description of Emerging Christianity:
- Jesus is a model for living more than an object of worship.
- Affirming people’s potential is more important than reminding them of their brokenness.
- The work of reconciliation should be valued over making judgments.
- Gracious behavior is more important than right belief
- Inviting questions is more valuable than supplying answers.
- Encouraging the personal search is more important than group uniformity.
- Meeting actual needs is more important than maintaining institutions.
- Peacemaking is more important than power.
- We should care more about love and less about sex.
- Life in this world is more important than the afterlife (eternity is God’s work anyway).