Posts Tagged ‘Apostles’


Hell is a garbage dump outside of the city gates, or at least the description of it is as noted in the Gospels. Our concepts of the hooven devil comes from art and culture, Milton’s Paradise Lost and Dante’s Divine Comedy. Within the Divine Comedy is the idea of Purgatory- or limbo. The idea of a storehouse for the dead awaiting judgment or paradise. It is a concept that has been used to control, to build coffers and triggered wars for state lands.

But what is the concept? Pseudo-Peter outlines it in his last chapter, but it does not sound so much as a place as a point in a journey:

This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,[a] not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies[b]will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.[c]

11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

-Epistle of 2 Peter 3:1-13 (English Standard Version)

The moments in time, they may be long, they may be instantaneous, when the sludge of the soul, the muck of life. The gray and shadow that keep you from the light– are burned away. For in John Mark’s rendering of Peter’s view of the Gospel, in Gospel of Mark it was Jesus that told us the Kingdom was near and it was up to us to bring it here. Now many have viewed it as an apocalyptic war scenario with persecutions, etc.

BUT, what if…it’s not. What if it is literally about personal and communal transformation within hope, joy, peace, faith and love?

And, even though it has been misused, the concept of purgatory or purge, is the facilitating of healing and wholeness to where those things that keep you from the gifts are finally removed. Yes, it may be ongoing, because as the old song says, that’s life. Yet, in the pilgrimage, each time something new is revealed.

To the core:

14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

-Epistle of 2 Peter 3:14-18 (ESV)

The Gospel was a political and spiritual declaration of people and their interactions with the Holy Mystery.

What would your Gospel say?

The letters of the Petrine Christianities centered on living the authentic you are created to be. It is about authentic loving community.

What would your epistle say to the communities you are apart of?

For the pilgrimage to the heart of the sacred is a winding path with but one destination. LOVE. It is a destination that matters. Along the way the gunk (sin, ego, shadow, sludge) that keeps you separated from self, neighbour, and divinity, will be purged away- that is your soul work. The goal is simple:

BECOME WHO YOU ARE MEANT TO BE IN THIS MOMENT.

Let your new chapter open…

 


One has to ponder if the Pseudo-Paul that wrote the Epistle of 2 Timothy was a different writer than 1 Timothy. This question is asked, because the writer moves out of misogyny’s shadow and into the matriarchal mentoring of the faith. He traces Timothy’s faith heritage from grandmother to mother to Timothy. For whatever beliefs one holds, they can usually trace back mentors (blood or chosen) that has led them to where they are in the here and now.

Many elders from my family and community fed into my understanding of life and faith. I look back and even today with the great influences from my family, but also within schools and groups I was apart of. It was a diverse mosaic of voices and wisdom that grew my knowledge, shaped my heart, and supported me in answering the call. Now I rest here and wonder, pray, hope that the same lessons are being shared with my own children. That as they age and grow into who they are meant to be as adults they will be able to look back upon my wife and me as their mentors, but also as they age continue to come to us as mentors.

I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to[a] a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,[b] 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher,12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.[c] 13 Follow the pattern of the sound[d] words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

15 You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, 17 but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me— 18 may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day!—and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.

-Epistle of 2 Timothy 1: 3-18 (English Standard Version)

It is interesting as Pseudo-Paul lays out the learning cycle, as one is being mentored there is a point when they take on proteges. This can be official or unofficial. It is not always about someone stating you are my mentor, most times it is organic as you learn from those you respect your craft and vocation. It also comes when those who are mentoring you, or are peers, or proteges will come to you to fulfill duties they see you able to do. Within my own family this was seen when I was asked as a Bible College student to perform our first family funeral for my Grandma Ragan. My mentors saw something within me to be able to celebrate the life of my Grandma, and show how our family loved her at the graveside. There would be many other funerals I would be honoured to be asked to perform from My Great Uncle Red to my Nan to My Mum’s and many others in between and after.

Same as being asked to teach around grief and understanding of loss and change within my vocation as students came through our program from multiple disciplines. It is about centering your being and understanding what you believe, and how you care for yourself to be able to walk with those through the dark valley of the shadow of death. It is also moments when I was sought out to teach other topics in post-secondary and spiritual centres. There were also times when I sought out learning from those at different points within their journey.

Care of self, and others. It became a centering point of my journey, and the heart-soul lens I bring to sacred stories. The mantra of a Franciscan rings in my soul- preach the gospel everywhere you go, and if you must use words. That is let your actions show your heart for humanity and creation. That is the knowing and doing, we are in this Holy Love and it is through that our actions happen.

Pseudo-Paul ends off by touching upon peers who he knows still stand with him, not because of empty promises and vain words but rather due to their actions.

I listen to the words written as advice given to a young leader, and wonder how many of us ensure we keep ourselves well as we attempt to help others?

More importantly are three questions that rise to the surface for your journey today:

  1. Who are your current mentors?
  2. Who are your peers, your social support network?
  3. Who are your proteges?

For the journey of life brings all into our community.


We now enter a writing that may or may not have been written by Peter. For those that assume a Petrine authorship it was probably written around 64 CE before his execution, but there is a point on its leaning on Jude, which could put the writing anywhere’s from 64 CE to 150 CE in the city of Rome. It opens with this concept of communal discernment of calling.

 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to[c] his own glory and excellence,[d] by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,[e] and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities[f] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers,[g] be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body,[h] to stir you up by way of reminder,14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

-Epistle of 2 Peter 1:3-15 (English Standard Version)

Discernment and confirmation of path. A vocational path laid out for you. What we call today a life mission statement. This is more though of living out a way of life, and the curves and swerves it may take you on in the journey. It is a life though that can be used to lead individuals to compassion fatigue or burnout. For it becomes resting upon the “if you had more faith in the conviction that what you are doing is for the Kingdom it would not be draining.” It is a statement, or ones like it, “this is just how church is you get used to the bullies.” that remove the human element of service. The key piece being not that we are meant to do everything that needs to be done, but we are called into the vocation that is meant to bring us most contentment. Yes, we may need to take other paying work while we pursue a passion, but that in itself does not mean we are meant to set aside who we are created to be, and what we are created to do…simply because according to a hierarchy of need there is an assumption that we will fit here- i.e. women in the kitchen or young women in the nursery, men doing maintenance etc.

Then there is also the other trap though of following one’s vocational call and becoming a workaholic. Since it is an acceptable addiction within our province it can be overlooked easily by support networks. It is simply one driven or trying to make a difference. Yet it too can lead to compassion fatigue, burnout, or the drive, even with self care, eventually leading to an internalized trauma and crash. It can happen, it may not happen, but this is where strong supports come into play, and knowing that even with appropriate self-care, soul work and community one can still crash.

I reflect back on my call. It is a simple one of making my own corner a little bit better. I had and have quite a few passions as those who have been readers throughout my career can attest. I ran parallel careers of writer, speaker, teacher-instructor, spiritual director-coach, youth and young adult pastor, chaplain, housing manager, political policy writer, volunteer, shelter worker, vocational coach for persons with disabilities, student, dad, husband, and political candidate. For some it looks like a whirlwind, for me it was the pace of life, and I was working within the care of self. Then something neurologically happened in a heart whirlwind where some supports crumbled, and… I crashed… it is a long road back, but part of the long road back is the message by this writer.

Remember who you are.

It can literally be a battle through the convulsions and flashbacks. The crushing emotional lie of never having made a difference. Of being worthless. But it is a battle worth fighting when I look upon my kids and wife. Some days there may be a brief glimmer not to wake up, but it is ever only so slight. For I am needed. I am me.

Remember who I am.

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son,[i] with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

-Epistle of 2 Peter 1:16-21 (ESV)

Just like entering into the passage when Jesus gave the keys to Peter, you should replace Peter’s name with yours to remind yourself of the Original Blessing. That it is you who has been given the keys to the Kingdom within to live outwards and in conjunction with. Linked in Holy Love.

So to at the baptism when the dove game down as verse 17-18 here attest, you are the child who is beloved. Remember that, you are beloved for being simply who you are.

Remember who you are.

And be loved within.


Scholars believe Peter, the one that is held as the Apostolic Succession by the Roman Catholic Church, wrote these words in 1 Peter between 60-64 CE, in the seat of Imperial power, Rome. As has been noted in earlier posts there were many different types of Christianities all existing under one huge umbrella. Peter’s as seen in the first chapter held to the teachings of the Hebrew Bible, but also to the life, teachings, and death of Jesus of Nazareth. What is lost in translation, is that the simple fact of the “gospel” they chose to live as followers of the Way was an act of treason. Say what?

Yes, you read that right. TREASON. See the term gospel is a political proclamation. The way the followers of Jesus of Nazareth deemed to live was in direct confrontation and contradiction to the Emperor’s Gospel. It created a scenario where in different jurisdictions persecution, imprisonment and even execution was valid. Paul, when he was Saul was a lead inquisitor from religious oppression on this front (and it was one of the reasons the other Apostle’s struggled with trusting him). In 64 CE Nero’s contempt and rage would reach a crescendo as he attempted to cover up his own burning of Rome, and yes it would lead to the execution of Peter.

Yet Peter still brings these words to the second chapter:

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”[a]

and

“A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

-1 Peter 2:1-12 (English Standard Version)

Peter dives into personal holistic formation. A rebuilding of the self within the new reality of wholeness. As the Holy Spirit/Breath has been attuned within you. That’s right, it has always been there, but now you are aware and living in the Oneness with God. All the religious barriers created were thrown away. It was about being the Law and the Prophets as Brother Jesus had brought them together in the Great Commandments of Love-God, Neighbour and Self. This is what we are now living into, and living out of. By doing this, even if you are not understood or seen as weird, what cannot be questioned is the actions of compassion. Even when those actions destroy and eliminate societal levels creating a community where all belong.

Spiritual formation. Holistic health. Mentoring. Or to use a Biblical word- discipleship. Not about huge numbers, but about a depth of character created that makes a true positive and holy change in the world.

13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution,[b] whether it be to the emperor[c] as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants[d] of God.17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

-1 Peter 2:13-25 (ESV)

This is a passage that can be used for evil (ala weaponized) so easily to create sheeple. For it sounds like Peter is telling his gathering to surrender and do whatever the government and other institutions tell them to do. Whether it is right or not. Think of how this has played out in time with slavery, holocausts, genocides, sexual abuse cover ups (and the list can go on). In a way saying that you cannot question authority. But that is a shallow and twisted hearing of the words for a man that lost his life to stand against the Empire.

Look at the key words: Do good, Love, Live as a free people. People in the Empire were not free, they were controlled by a strong caste system, and many were seen as nothing more than property. Things were hard to change in the era. But these key words are inspirational to those that want to bring change. Stand firm in your belief of faith, know that it will be challenging (as the second piece walks one through what happened to Jesus with his stance of equality, justice, and love).

It is about throwing off the oppressive labels and shackles that still exist in this day and age. What stigma causing labels are holding you back? Do you accept them, but know that you are just how you are meant to be? Or do you hear the words of Peter and live into the defeat that the labels are used to bring about?

It is the choice between light and darkness. For darkness exists because the hope has been snuffed out. One is left to believe that their life is dark and defeated, hopeless. No hope to return. This is what Peter is saying, there is hope. You have done the work destroying the sludge that had buried the light of your soul. Let that light shine, and know that change will happen.

Will you choose to live the light?


One of the beauties of the Aquarian Gospel is the imagining of Brother Jesus’ missing years not touched upon within the Christian Testament’s canonical gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).  It is a journey in the early chapters that take an adolescent (think 18-30-year-old) on a journey of self-discovery into the interior castle. A journey of connecting with elders, shamans, magi, and yogi of the world before he would settle back into sharing his teaching and life within the heart of Empire to be transformed.

These are the foreign masters he charges in chapter 123 that Brother Jesus’ charges to go out and be apostles to the world.

  1. So he has called you from the seven centres of the world, and he has breathed the breath of wisdom and of power into your souls, and now he sends you forth as bearers of the light of life, apostles of the human race.
    7.Go on your way, and as you go proclaim the gospel of the Christ.
    8. And then he breathed upon the masters and he said, Receive the Holy Breath; and then he gave to each the Word of power.
    9. And each went on his way, and every land was blest.

-Aquarian Gospel 123:6-9

Showing the true universalism of the message and the medium. The barriers and walls created were of the world’s principalities and powers. They had nothing to do with the ancient and eternal wisdom that the Cosmic Christ transferred through.  It also allows for a simple digression on defining terms of offices with spiritual Christian traditions:

  • Prophets- these are not about future occurrences, prophets was a way of diving into the community with what appeared as radical teaching, but truly was about getting the community back into alignment with the soul/heart of the Holy Mystery.
  • Pastor/Preacher- the one in an already established community gifted to care for that community, and aid each member in growing within their own spiritual gifts.
  • Teachers- yes traditionally preachers and teachers are linked, but let’s be honest they are a different skill set.
  • Finally, what is the speciality of this calling? It is those entering into the unknown, truly living there lives of words and actions us of the Cosmic/Holy Love to begin breaking ground on the new community. This was the charge given to the foreign masters to go out into the world and the charge given to Brother Jesus’ interior circle within their own communities.

Then we enter a curious story of human moments and pride if you will:

  1. Then Jesus went alone across the hills of Galilee and after certain days he reached the coast of Tyre, and in the home of Rachel he abode.
    11.He did not advertise his coming for he did not come to teach; he would commune with God where he could see the waters of the Mighty Sea.
    12. But Rachel told the news and multitudes of people thronged her home to see the Lord.
    13. A Grecian woman of Phenecia came; her daughter was obsessed. She said,
    14. O Lord, have mercy on my home! My daughter is obsessed; but this I know, if you will speak the Word she will be free. Thou son of David, hear my prayer!
    15. But Rachel said, Good woman, trouble not the Lord. He did not come to Tyre to heal; he came to talk with God beside the sea.
    16. And Jesus said, Lo, I was sent not to the Greek, nor to Syro-phenicians; I come just to my people, Israel.
    17. And then the woman fell down at his feet and said, Lord, Jesus, I implore that you will save my child.
    18. And Jesus said, You know the common proverb well: It is not meet that one should give the children’s bread to dogs.
    19. And then the woman said, Yea, Jesus, this I know, but dogs may eat the crumbs that fall down from their master’s board.
    20. And Jesus said, Such faith I have not seen, no, not among the Jews; she is not serf, nor dog.
    21. And then he said to her, According to your faith so let it be.
    22. The woman went her way and when she came unto her child, lo, she was healed

-Aquarian Gospel 123:10-22

At first blush, Jesus is a jack ass. Not even just a jerk, but could be a fundamentalist racial purist which goes against everything his life journey and teaching had brought up to this point. Yet, within the story the mother stands her ground and argues point to point to bring Jesus’ around to healing her daughter, and seeing her as worthy of his mission same as the Israelites.

So, what do we do with this?

Was Jesus really this much of a jerk? Was he an Israeli-supremacist in his mission? Or look to the setting where he is with a friend, and many are coming around, and he saw this as once more a time to challenge outdated and wrong-dated belief systems (B.S.) of the Empire crafter religious oppression?

For it becomes a living parable of the role a religious man was expected to play, yet in a truly Socratic method of teaching and living drama, a change happens that shows the interconnectedness of humanity, the equality of genders and the justice of a just society.

For the mother is the apostle to the gathered, and Brother Jesus plays here straight man to allow the teaching to unfold with the most power.

It goes deeper for it shows that any question can be called out. Any leader can and should be challenged, questioned for it is in the questioning that learning and transformation happen. Taken one step more though it shows that the labels were nothing more than imposed to create an us and them dynamic that was false.

So, take this passage. Take pen to paper, write the parable within specifically from the perspective of Rachel.

What does Rachel reveal about your inner observer?

Within this revelation what labels need to be eliminated from your journey for a true new community to grow?

Are you ready to step out of the realm of the labels?

Are you ready for your call to being an apostle of change?


It is interesting as we continue the debate within the church around who can and cannot be called by God. It is interesting because we have merged The Academy and the Spiritual. Yet where has it left us in the West?

With a cleric shortage, and a restoration movement underway. Think of what has brought us to this point:

The original Apostles (those who broke the ground) were tradesmen; harlots; unwed mums, sex abuse survivors, tax collectors, fishermen, terrorists, and mass murderers…

Yet as time progressed we became “official” and in becoming official we moved into needing licenses, more than the story and the Holy Spirit…trusting in God that whatever our calling is in our lives God is the one that called us, the community affirms and lifts us up (for it takes a community church to raise up a follower of The Way of Jesus of Nazareth).

Notice that there is no real academic requirements, no need for a bible college degree, or a seminary degree or even as the Reformers of the 15th Century were a “doctor of the church” or in depth theologian. But this is where we went post Constantine as we advanced forward we became more radically structured. Those that did not fit the “orthodoxy” or “orthopraxy” where declared “heretics” and eliminated.

As we moved forward we shaped an educational training program that stipulated one must have this academic acuity; be free of mental illness; be “typically developing”, have a penis, in some instances be of the nation of the national church, be heterosexual, have one wife and children (or when the church was realizing it was losing too much control pre-reformation, divorce their wife and cast their children out into the cold).

Yet as we watch each of the institutional norms has been pushed over, late 1800’s to mid-1900’s if you had a vagina it was realized God could call you to the ministry (note we knew this before Constantine, and it was even recorded in the New Testament). That the Holy Spirit would empower us to do things even greater than what Jesus accomplished.

Those who experience the world without sight or sound have received the call. If you have been divorced it is a-ok. As long as you are homosexual and willing to swear off companionship–sure—or maybe we should say yes…Those with developmental disabilities serving the sacraments and praying…the differently abled coming into fruition in the community…

Amazing how during this reformation we are seeing the academics of the church institution struggling for enrollment and making ends meet, yet at the heart of the matter is that there are many within the institution trusting within the Holy Spirit. This trust is leading to a removal of labels, a realization of what it means to live in a Trinitarian style community based around the Trinitarian Great Commandment of loving God with our everything, loving our neighbour as ourselves. This community created by God, Called by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to form itself on what this deep love and justice means.

This is where the reformation is leading us, as an institution struggles there are many that are just opening themselves to the Spirit, and yes, the changes that are happening in the labelless church is a blessing. For we truly only see the beloved of God, the beloved that on the 6th day God called very good and blessed; when he turned us out of paradise clothed us, loved us, gave us creation to build paradise in.

Lets as a people choose to live in this Spirit of inclusion, hope, love, and justice.