A love song…

… to the idea of church

Yesterday I attended a seminar on ‘spiritual abuse’ – something about which I knew very little. One of the key hosts,Professor Lisa Oakley, opened my eyes to what can go wrong in communities of faith with a disarming honesty and humility which really made me think.

Reflecting on the lessons of the day, I wrote the words below. I have called them a ‘love song to the idea of church’, which I hold very dear:

I want to be in a church where I can be the Beta version of me, knowing that something better is on the way.

I want to be in a church where service is given, not taken.

I want to be in a church where words about the Word are always words of life.

I want to be in a church where forgiveness is always necessary and always possible.

I want to be in a church where communion is shared always and visible sometimes

I want to be in a church where the spelling of fellowship may be wonky but the grammar of love is absolute.

I want to be in a church which He is happy to own.

Would you like to be there too?

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