Nov 5, 2011
Last week, we celebrated Samhain. Samhain is a time to celebrate ends and beginnings, and is a great time to start something. And while I might not always be as much of an activist as some might expect me to be, I am also not someone who goes around sputtering words without anything to back them up. And I think I might have made mention of how I had something in mind to start.
And, it is my belief that we need some better bridges. And, I am going to try to make a better bridge.
Anyplace where religion and/or spirituality are practiced, people are talking about how nice it would be to have more unity. "Unity" is indeed one of those nice words which clergy and laity of all denominations use at ecumenical luncheons, Clergy Exchange Sunday, or when a couple of groups which don't get along suddenly find themselves on the same side of a dispute. But, can you get someone to define unity? For some, "Unity" means everyone marching in order as a result of some "my way or the highway" approach. Some others, when asked to give a definition, will give a bunch of double-talk to avoid the issue. And some folks are brave enough to admit that they just don't know what unity actually is!
I came across three men from the 20th century who seemed to have a good grasp of what unity is about. All three were priests, but all three were highly experienced in working with people who were committed to other paths. And they had a vision which I celebrate!
And this goes hand-in-hand with something else I've been trying to do. People have needs. And many, many people need healing. And the healing will need to deal with the various spiritual paths that someone is going to travel. And some of this, if brought to a practical level, might sound contradictory, but so what? Much of the more advanced religious experiene is exactly that - mastering the contradictions and, when possible, transform contradictions into syntheses!
And, so, let's explore this!