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Taylor continues with a conversation she had with another friend…

A friend of mine, who was for a time in charge of continuing education at a seminary in lower Manhattan, challenged this idea (see part 1) by reversing the usual polarity between the school and the city. Instead of inviting people to General Seminary to learn about God, Harry invited them to stay at General Seminary while they learned what God was doing in the city. After days on the streets and nights at the theater, the pilgrims returned to the seminary to process their encounters with the divine.The clear message was that God did not live at the seminary. God lived in the world. The seminary existed so that people had a place to try and make sense of their experience in the world, as well as a community to support them while they did.If churches saw their mission in the same way, there is no telling what might happen. What if people were invited to come tell what they already know of God instead of to learn what they are supposed to believe? What if they were blessed for what they are doing in the world instead of chastened for not doing more at church? What if church felt more like a way station than a destination? What if the church’s job were to move people out the door instead of trying to keep them in, by convincing them that God needed them more in the world than in the church?I may have left the house, but I have not left the relationship. After twenty years of serving Mother Church at the altar, I have pitched my tent in the yard, using much of what she taught me to make a way in the world.  


Is it time for us to open the doors and walk out and join Christ in his redemption of the world or do we keep the doors closed? Death to the old self and habits is hard, but life begun anew is harder and will make us rely on the creator and sustainer. We have a choice to make. We can do neither or both, but there is no middle ground. 


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  1. most of what i’d have to say about this can be found here:

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