Monday, September 13, 2010

Edwards: unity

Monday, September 13, 2010
    Feast of John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, Teacher, 407
    Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
    —2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)
    [Paul] Tillich can show us that the unity which we seek as Christians must involve our denominations in changes even greater than those which many of us now expect. His insistence on taking seriously the gropings of all men for the truth about their lives must be allowed to remind the ecumenical movement that the word oikoumene is Greek not for “the Church” but for “the whole inhabited world.” The ecumenical movement is more than Christian patriarchs kissing. Christian unity means the unity of mankind in finding and obeying God. Tillich can teach us that the Church must not shut its door to celebrate a family reunion while a single child of God remains outside.
    ... David L. Edwards (b. 1929), “A New Stirring in English Christianity”, in The Honest to God Debate, David L. Edwards, ed., London, SCM Press, 1963, p. 35-36 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we await the day when all Your people are gathered.
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