Christianity for the Rest of Us
by Diana Butler Bass
Diana Butler Bass, through extensive study of main-line churches, gives encouragement and shares wisdom with us: Many mainline churches are flourishing and are doing so without mimicking megachurch, evangelical style.
At the outset, she describes the village of her childhood — the
She learned, and she teaches us, that tradition, practice and wisdom compose the Christian way of life: Tradition connects us to our past, practice calls us to doing in the present, and wisdom pushes us toward a future of eternal love. These, she suggests, are the architecture of the new village church.
The flourishing churches that she visited and studied — United Methodist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ — embraced and demonstrated certain consistent practices:
Everywhere, in God's thriving churches, we see the spiritual triad: Connection to tradition, commitment to Christian practices, and concern to live God's dream. These things offer the possibility of change, of communities that live change, and the transformation that is the promise of the Christian life.
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