Friday, September 18

Living Authentically in Communities of Faith

  "You don't have to become something that you aren't to become better than you are." -Sidney Poitier Living Authentically The norm of neighbor-love as applied to faith communities “implies active commitment to the well-being of who or what is loved...the fundamental attribute of love from a biblical perspective is steadfast, enduring commitment to seek the good of who or what is loved[1].”  To ensure that we seek the good of those who we love as neighbors, we must accept each other and ourselves as we are.  This means accepting our own personalities and styles along with accepting the personalities and styles of others.  Being authentic opens us up to our own gifts while seeing the Best Possible Motive[2] in the gifts and personalities of others.    In opening up to my own gif...

Moral Courage

Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. - Robert F. Kennedy, in a speech in Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966. (Source: Wikiquote ) What are our sources of moral courage? I can tell you that I find moral outrage easy, but where does moral courage come from? The Wesleyan Quadrilateral would have us examine scripture, tradition, reason, and experience to find moral courage. What does scripture say? In Hebrew Scriptures and in Christian Scriptures, we are taught to care for the alien, orphan, widow, and poor among us. In the story of the adulterous woman (John 8:1-11), we see a Jesus that stands between the accusers and the margin...