Innovative Church

Rejection, Retaliation and Rebuke

Actually, to my surprise, this tumult has indeed affected me and not positively. I found "close" friends with whom we had different positions on issues, stop talking to me. It was shocking at first but when I realized how passionately "the other" felt about the issue, I learned that they were unable to tolerate, hear or accept a justification for my opinion.

I found myself being silent (unnatural for me) when conversation turned to critical issues to avoid outbursts and name calling.

Janet Hauter

 

The Bible is not the end of the story

I just want everyone to realize that the Bible is not the end of the story - it is the preamble and the story - chapter by chapter is still being written - evolution and transformation require diversity - physical, mental, social or cultural - that everything and everyone is part of the struggle to achieve the fullness of life - and each individual - every animal, plant and conscious human person is a part of the story - we all have our own stories and they are part of something much larger than we can imagine. What story do you tell - and add it to the mix. Looking backward we can see the transformation of life through the stories - of war and peace; of light and darkness; of life and death. But the Gospel teaches us that in the long term light overcomes darkness and that live overcomes death - and we are all part of that grand story still unfolding. Peace my friends and enjoy the summer.  

Fr. Charles Bolser, a retired Viatorian priest Arlington Heights, IL

Politics causing concern and anxiety

My immediate family feels some measure of concern -- and perhaps anxiety -- because current politics in America is aggravating the concerns and anxieties of many people -- from immigrants at our doorstep to innocent civilians in Yemen -- who are in much greater danger than those near me. On the other hand, Pope Francis continues to be a sign of hope for progress toward a more Christ-like presence of religious institutions in society. I feel we are in challenging times which also make opportunities for constructive change more obvious and, therefore, more likely to bear fruit.

Clyde Christofferson

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