Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation
From the Center for Action and Contemplation
My vision of any future church is much more inclusive. Either we see Christ in everyone, or we hardly see Christ in anyone. Frankly, my hope for Christianity is that it becomes less “churchy,” less patriarchal, and more concerned with living its mission statement than with endlessly reciting our heavenly vision and philosophy statement—the Nicene Creed—every Sunday.
There seem to be very few actionable items in most Christians’ lives beyond attending worship services, which largely creates a closed and self-validating system.
Simply put, any notion of a future church must be a fullypractical church that is concerned about getting the job of love done—and done better and better. Centuries emphasizing art and architecture, music, liturgy, and prescribed roles have their place, but their overemphasis has made us a very top-heavy and decorative church that is constantly concerned with its own in-house salvation.