Saturday, 24 March 2012

opinion

Rachel Held Evans has written 15 Reasons I Left Church and 15 Reasons I Returned to The Church.

Bart Ehrman asks in The Huffington Post Did Jesus Exist?

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 24 March 2012 at 5:35pm GMT | TrackBack
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I've taken the liberty of copying Rachel's blog account of her reasons for leaving, and then returning, to the Church - because I think we need to understand the young people of our modern world - who may not see the particular ways of 'doing Church', as we do them, to be 'their thing'.

If we can only be patient with different ways of understanding 'the great love of God as revealed in the Son', it may be that people like Rachel will actually want to become part of a loving, caring, community of people who are outrageously accepting, caring and loving of people different from themselves.

We will have to listen to them, and try to find what we can do for them, on ways that will cater for their need of acceptance of them where they are - not necessarily where we might think they ought to be, or like them to be.

'Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred - let me show love....."

Saint Francis discovered his deeper self when he embraced the leper!

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Sunday, 25 March 2012 at 7:14am BST
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