10-point summary of emerging contemporary Christianity

A fair number of Friends enjoy and forward to each other the daily meditation newsletter from Richard Rohr at the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico, USA.

Rohr’s daily meditations are invariably worth while. And today (Fri 1 Nov) he summarises a view of emerging Christianity set out by Quaker pastor Philip Gulley in his book, If the Church Were Christian:

  1. Jesus is a model for living more than an object of worship.
  2. Affirming people’s potential is more important than reminding them of their brokenness
  3. The work of reconciliation should be valued over making judgments.
  4. Gracious behavior is more important than right belief.
  5. Inviting questions is more valuable than supplying answers.
  6. Encouraging the personal search is more important than group uniformity.
  7. Meeting actual needs is more important than maintaining institutions.
  8. Peacemaking is more important than power.
  9. We should care more about love and less about sex.
  10. Life in this world is more important than the afterlife (Eternity is God’s work anyway).

Not quite 10 commandments; more like 10 principles that help shear away the burdensome and prescriptive accretions of legacy Christianity to focus on what matters now and in future.

You can sign up to Richard Rohr’s daily meditation here.

Based in New Mexico, USA, the Franciscan friar Richard Rohr is one of the most popular spirituality authors and speakers in the world

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