Sunday, May 24, 2009

Increasing our sense of who we call "us"

The Gospel was from John 17: "Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one."

The rector's sermon title was "The Direct Route to Spiritedness" ... and is available on the All Saints Church website here.

I loved the focus on interconnectedness: on the idea that when Jesus prayed that we "might be one" it was not about unity of belief -- which the institutional church has so often settled for -- but about "increasing our sense of who we call "us" as opposed to who we call "them." Or -- as a quote Ed used from John Muir put it, "Everything is hitched to everything else."

And then there was this "therefore" -- for those of us focused on "Decision Day" here in California and our own General Convention just down the road:

Let the people say, "Amen" ... and let the people stay tuned for further developments!

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