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29Then Levi gave a great banquet for Jesus in his house;
15But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases.
12 Once, when Jesus was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy.
Wednesday 18 May 2016 9:00 a.m. Diocese of BC Clergy Conference Session 4 Janet Marshall
Five-year-old Amy woke and cried out in the night. Bleary-eyed her father stumbled into Amy’s bedroom and sat on the side of her bed to comfort her.
At a recent conference I attended Brian McLaren suggested that belonging precedes believing. Assent to specific doctrines should not be the necessary pre-condition for inclusion in the faith community. The church should not require belief in order to make belonging possible. Instead we need to recognize that people will come to faith as they experience a sense of belonging in a community where faith is a lived reality. People enter a community of faith, not because they necessarily share all the doctrines and dogmas that community holds to be true. They enter a community of faith and out of their experience of the faith of that community they come to share the convictions that create that community.
It sounded so appealing at the time. But, as I think about the complexity of belonging, I feel a little anxious.
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