Religions provide a place for the expression of our deepest emotions,
a guide to our behaviour and a safe place for spiritual encounter.
Yet, in doing so, they become subject to human failings,
the need to control others and for personal standing.
In accepting a religion we are forced to accept
rules, creeds, liturgies, and traditions.
So we are faced with religions founded and bounded by their traditions;
Unable to break free from the concepts and ways of past generations
but which are past their time of usefulness, of impact.
The church today is waking to the realisation that pews and organs
and a lengthy, unillustrated, speech from a position of power
do not meet the needs of the present generation.
but has failed to awaken to the deeper problem
that its core message needs to be reimagined
from its medieval theological perspective
into something for the modern mind.
Maybe something that reflects the concepts of Jesus
rather than those of his successors;
those who adjusted his message
to meet their own concerns
for power, pride,
So we see the new church as truly inclusive
embracing all who seek or worship divinity
or value the togetherness of community;
all those who would meet periodically
to share concerns, needs and news
with each other and their God,
of whatever form or nature.
Surely herein lies God's intention.
Surely herein lies future human welfare.
Surely as we come together in love and friendship
the message of Jesus is being worked out in our lives;
yet, as surely, this would be anathema to organised religion
and to the Christian church as it struggles with its role today.