October 25, 2010 | 09:55 am
Monday – Always Reforming
This Sunday is going to be a great day. We have a special guest speaker, The Reverend Robert Chase, who is the Founding Director of Intersections International, a ministry of the Collegiate Church that is dedicated to promoting justice, reconciliation and peace across lines of faith, culture, ideology, race, class, and national borders. And Ahmed Al Mukhaini will also be with us. He is an interfaith activist in the Middle East and the former Assistant General Secretary to the Parliament in the Sultanate of Oman. Call it serendipitous, but this Sunday is Reformation Day. It is when we commemorate the beginning of the movement known as the Protestant Reformation. There is a popular slogan that captures the spirit of the Reformation: ecclesia semper reformans, semper reformanda, which means “the church is always reformed and always reforming.” (For some reason, quoting Latin when speaking about the Reformation is the “in” thing to do!) This raises a question that we should always be asking: What is it in our thinking and practice that needs reform today? For me, somewhere on that list needs to be the way we relate to people of other faiths. Our work and play intertwines our lives with people representing the diversity of the world’s religions. And if our faith is to have any relevance to us, it will need to inform how we live in a religiously plural world. This week we’ll explore what may need reform in this area.