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||[Mar. 8th, 2007|01:49 pm]
Wings of Hope magazine
Now we have a way to communicate and announce things outside of Group Notices, notecards, and IMs. We also have a great new way to express our thoughts to each other and bring the group together.|
I wanted to tell everyone what a blessing being a part of Wings of Hope has been for me. Because most of the church related activities I have in rl are at my church, this is one of the only experiences I've had working with Christians of widely varying traditions and backgrounds. I will admit this has been somewhat challenging to me and not always pleasant in that there have been some conflicts. However I think that I have ultimately grown in my faith from the experience.
So here's what I've learned from my time at Wings of Hope. We all believe in the same Jesus Christ and that's what is important. There may be differing opinions when it comes to theology, certain scripture passages, certain worship traditions, etc, but that is because we are human, imperfect, and don't have all the answers. It is up to us to work together despite our differences and to love and respect one another. We are all ultimately working towards the same goal. That viewpoint that someone has that seems so repugnant to you now might start to make sense over time. As Christians, we have to learn and grow from one another. Also even if you never see eye to eye with the person that you disagree with, talking with them may inspire you to research your own views and find out what the scripture says about what you believe. Our differences actually make us a stronger organization, in my opinion.
Also Lasher and Sedona showed me this week that during any conflict, if you let yourself get too angry at the other person. You are in essence letting the person have power over you when in the past they had none, which is a valuable lesson. There are going to be disagreements again in the future, just due to human nature and the wide variety of beliefs that we have represented. However I am hoping that in the future, they will result in healthy dialogue that lets all parties involved grow in their faith, rather than conflict that results in members leaving the group.
This week's events made me research a bit about what I personally believe and I happened upon 2 websites that offer an outline of various ways of looking at scripture and Christianity. I thought I would share them with the group. I am hoping that they might help us to better understand and learn from one another. Please check out the links below:
Views on the authority of the Bible - I personally believe in the "conservative" approach, along with a few elements of the "catholic" approach.
Views about salvation and other faiths - I personally am an "inclusivist" as was C.S. Lewis.
I hope this livejournal community will help us to grow closer to one another, to understand each other better, and to grow in our faith together.