Emerging Church

Over recent months I have frequently been encouraged and inspired by Richard Rohr's daily meditations.  Richard is an American Franciscan monk who heads up the 'Centre for Action and Contemplation' and who speaks prophetically to urge the church today to 're-emerge' in a 'bottom up' way.  Much of what he has to say has a very 'JSP' character—and reflects the recent 'Upside Down, Inside Out' JSP article.  

In his meditation for Nov 30th he refers to a book entitled 'If the Church Were Christian' by a Quaker Pastor, Philip Gulley, and restates his message as follows: 

  1. Jesus is a model for living more than an object of worship.
  2. Affirming people’s potential is more important than reminding them of their brokenness.
  3. The work of reconciliation should be valued over making judgments.
  4. Gracious behaviour is more important than right belief.
  5. Inviting questions is more valuable than supplying answers.
  6. Encouraging the personal search is more important than group uniformity.
  7. Meeting actual needs is more important than maintaining institutions.
  8. Peacemaking is more important than power.
  9. We should care more about love and less about sex.
  10. Life in this world is more important than the afterlife (eternity is God’s work anyway).

For the rest of this Meditation, and for information about accessing these regularly, see the Centre for Action and Contemplation website. If you are looking for something to daily refresh and challenge you, I warmly recommend giving it a try.