Since the 9-part series called “Unity’s Great Divide” your response has been very good – many of you have had great experiences with Christians loving Christians across all institutional lines and it is now your turn to tell about them!
Share this with everyone you know and ask them to comment on this blog about good inter-faith experiences you and they have had. It’s time to share the truth that unity burns in the hearts of God’s people, if fostered and cultivated by our leaders.
Listen to Alice from Alabama, where southern hospitality is the fertilizer of unity:
“I know that there have been huge ecumenical strides within the Catholic church since Vatican II, particularly. There are many, many interfaith occurrences and efforts, both locally and nationally, that I am aware of. When you speak of unity, I think of Palm Sunday in downtown Birmingham, when the congregations of First Presbyterian and St. Paul's [Catholic Church], whose campuses are back to back, gather with their palm branches on a street corner and stroll three times around the block together, singing hymns and listening to a small band play hymns that are familiar to both groups. They celebrate together. We have participated in this with our friends, who are Lutheran, and happened to be visiting one Palm Sunday. After the procession, each congregation returns to its own sanctuary to worship in its own way, but there is a unity in recognition of Christ that is important.”
This illustrates Streamside perfectly. Jesus did not pray for perfect unity in isolation from each other. He prayed that we would find perfect unity so that the world will know Jesus!
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