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26 September 2008


Christian statements: the search for unity - preview

Jane Fitzgerald grasps the nettle on whether we can find the right words to engage with other Christians

I felt anxious when I read the Quaker Committee on Church and Interfaith Relation’s Introduction to the Nature and Mission of the Church, thinking that many Quakers would be alienated by its Christian language
  • Yet it lies within our tradition, reaffirming so many radical spiritual insights which were my main reason for becoming a member
  • It is designed to send some powerful yet loving challenges to Christians everywhere

  • This polarisation was expressed by Friends at Meeting for Sufferings
  • One Friend remarked that we appear to be treating the Christian tradition more harshly than other groups
  • Perhaps our desire to welcome refugees from other churches adds to this, and it feels good when people express their delight at ‘coming home’ and ‘feeling comfortable’: and yet…

    Jane Fitzgerald

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