Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Those of you who love to think deeply and ...

....ecumenically about the church must go read Magdalene's Egg. Right now. I thank God that I've discovered Father. He makes me chuckle. He also takes my breath away, as with this line about how one must learn to minister: "you must learn to work with people who share your creed but not your reading of it."

I believe that, at its best, the UCC does try to embody this - though of course (as I noted on Father's blog) we are a non-creedal tradition. But, oh, how eloquently and irenically Father has put it! For we who love liturgy and are serious about making more visible the unity of all of Christ's followers on earth, this is just a kiss of life.

Thank you, Father, for finding your way here, and for helping me find my way to your blog. (I suspect Joelle had a hand in this via her blog, so she gets a hat tip.)

2 comments:

九份 said...

cool blog,期待更新........................................

Christina Borel said...

Thanks so much for this totally awesome link. It gave me *lot* to think about. I was raised in a Catholic tradition, and have cherished the concept of the priesthood of all believers since I was 8 (longer story). There are times when liturgy in more rigid congregations in the UCC becomes a liability. I know that my local church is its own creature, but there's a great deal of fear about engaging deeply with ritual or tampering with traditional liturgy. Often, this described as a fear of becoming "too Catholic." Here, I find myself again wrestling with why that's a bad thing...but also continuously questioning the nature and relationship of ordination to faith, theology, vocation, and one's life in community...Nora Gallagher and Barbara Brown Taylor have been my mentors thus far, and I thank you for always posing the harder questions when I seem to need them.