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Accepting our Differences


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Howard Dunn writes

Coming into the New Year I had reflected on some notes I made in 2017. It seems that repeated themes come up, the main one is love. I must admit I find this the hardest!

The second not surprisingly, is doing versus being. We are commanded to love one another, yet my ego and my unhealed hurts still scream out and come jumping in the way.

I dont know about your but most of the time I find doing easier than and less challenging than being who I am called to be.

Last year I joined a group of ECB people, meeting once a week in some ones home. We call ourselves Journeying.

We have just finished reading a book by Michael Mitton, who was our last Church Away Day speaker. The book is called Travellers of the Heart, Exploring New Pathways on our Spiritual Journey. Michael outlines his journey to faith leading to ordination in to the Church of England.

He celebrates relationships with those who have influenced him on the journey and their diverse spiritual backgrounds.

Are there any people who have influenced you and who you would like to thank for journeying with you?

Chapters in the book cover:

  • Anglican Plains
  • Charismatic Streams
  • Catholic Boarder Lands
  • Celtic Mountains
  • Liberal marshlands
  • Missional Coastlands

At the end of each chapter we are asked some searching reflective questions on what Michael has shared.

The process is very interesting and enlightening, given our individual experiences.

It came up for me again Love; Loving; Accepting our Differences; Looking to what unites and empowers, so we can develop relationships that show we are his disciples by who we are being.

It was ironic that as we were reading though Travellers of the Heart, that it was the 500-year Anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. This period, sometimes called the great divorce, followed Martin Luthers public declaration against the conduct of the Church of Rome at that time.

Following much journeying and reforming, the Catholic and Lithuanian Churches finally reconciled their differences in 1999. The Franciscan, Richard Rohr, says; the right spiritual decisions come from the heart, not the head. We are very blessed that the Churches in Bicester, are united. Leaders and Congregations, working, worshipping and serving the Town together.

If you are visiting ECB today from any Church, or no church at all, you are most welcome. Please stay and join us for refreshments and a chat after the service.