Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation speaks about the spirit-led reformation moving through modern religious life, often called the emergent or emerging church. It is his observation that it is leading to a transformation in theological thinking, one that engages the theological tradition while also relating with and being accountable to contemporary thinking and experience.
Rohr outlines three dynamic points of change associated with the emerging church and the kind of impact it is having on traditional church structures and faith. They include:
1. With the continual process of change we need a new kind of reformation.
2. You can’t start a spiritual reformation based on rebellion and hating things.
3. The question is what are you for? What are you in love with? What do you believe in?
As I listened to Rohr I couldn’t help but nod in agreement as he eloquently put to words what has been my own experience and observations in over 10 years of active ministry. I wanted to share this because I wonder how many others out there can relate, and how many others out there sense the bubbling up of the kind of spiritually that spawns the reformational and revolutionary movements beginning to shake up the status quo of our staid faith institutions?
Maybe I’m just a little too hopeful or optimistic, but I can’t help but feel that our religious sleepwalking is getting a wake-up call from our ancient pals truth and spirit.
peace and grace,