So, conversation incomplete, left wide open for change and challenge, here is what I speculate, at present, we the ekklesia, the congregated and the called out, in our cultural context, (among other things) have to offer: an invitation.
Not into a system of beliefs.
Not into conformity to a particular culture or tradition or spirituality or religion.
Not to follow us. Not to conform to our language or logic or even world-view.
An invitation not to be like us.
But to be among us.
To gather with us, in hope, in anxiety, in fear, and in doubt.
To gather together, you and we: us in all our sameness and all our difference, in Love,
and in anticipation of the birth of God.
This Good News is worth giving. Evangel-ing. Glad Tidings. Good Angels. Amen.
(How's that for a cheesy in-conclusion, friends).
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