Thursday, August 02, 2007
Rob Hardies writes that our complex world needs people who can love it in all its contradictions:
We need a spirituality that moves us beyond fight and flight, one that sees complexity not as an enemy but as a friend. We need a spirituality that views paradox as a creative opportunity and contradiction as a stimulant. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do." But what kind of spirituality allows our souls to embrace contradiction and complexity? The kind that lets me do what the school psychiatrist charged me to do: love the tensions in my life.His essay is excerpted from a new collection of essays, The Seven Principles in Word and Worship; Rob writes about the Third Principle: "acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations."
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