Further texts and reflections on: Tenderness – Gentleness – Mercy – Compassion
I have a feeling there may be a few things my generation does not fully understand these days.
The Holocaust of European Jewry impinges on my consciousness more often than is probably normal. It is tempting in thinking about the Holocaust, to think only of the Nazi-operated concentration and extermination camps.
What might be the alternatives to the dysfunctional destructive patterns of pain avoidance to which I am so often drawn?
Pain is an unavoidable reality of the human condition.
Focusing on the attitudes with which we attempt to do church has the potential to guard against the dangers that inevitably accompany any attempt to impose on a community the kind of one-size-fits-all programming that inevitably ends up doing violence to the community.
I cannot think of many things that have drawn over 250 people, many with no church connection, to attend two church-hosted events within 6 weeks of each other. I can certainly not call to mind anything that has ever enabled our congregation to raise $100,000.00 within three months. And there have not been many undertakings in the church as I have experienced it for which the volunteer power power available has almost exceeded the obvious need.
So, if the changes I have identified are real and are important, what might these changes mean for our way of doing church in the future?
Here are two more changes I see in the prevailing western culture to which the church may be well served to pay attention.