When we try to go it alone, when we make the sum-total of our spirituality about our own personal salvation, when we forget our radical, waterborne connection with one another we miss the whole point of Christianity altogether.
Religion is not supposed to give us all the answers to life’s most challenging questions; rather, religion is a time-tested compendium of language and experiences of God that give us a framework within which we are called, like Joseph, to wrestle with holy things until that encounter changes our lives, our walk, and even our names.
[Given on the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, June 14, 2015, by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – Kansas City, Missouri] "[The Kingdom of God] is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows … Continue reading Sermon: Learning to Live in Trees
What kind of communities are we gathering around our images and language? Better yet, what kinds of communities are kept from gathering because of our sometimes die-hard allegiance to narrow language and myopic images? Are we more committed to the maintenance of an image or the gathering of a community?