Church, a diverse community – Giles Fraser

It is hard to believe that it is two years since we had a contribution to this Milpara website. It is not that I see its purpose as any less relevant but life has a way of making other activities a priority from time to time.
While the nurturing of the integration of congregations with their local geographic communities remains a direction for Milpara I am coming round to putting more emphasis for the next 20 years on the facilitation of “house churches” which are seen as an option for the a future Uniting Church as described in Keith Suter’s Scenario Three – Return to the early church as small centres of “spiritual” focus. I am looking for young people with a 20-year vision to work with me on this venture.
What prompted this specific entry, however, was following a link to on-line article in the Guardian newspaper by Giles Fraser.
Mr Fraser notes that local churches are a hive of diversity. Indeed this is my experience going back to early childhood. It is this encompassing of a diverse community which impels me to promote the integration of congregations with their local geographic communities.
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Here is the first paragraph of Giles Fraser’s article. You can read the rest by following the link.
Rodney Eivers
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“Reviewing the Christmas services it strikes me once again how diverse a group us churchgoers are. In terms of class, race, nationality, gender and sexuality, it’s hard to imagine any other regular collective gathering that pulls in such a varied collection of people. My church is a black majority church in a gentrifying area. University professors sit next to the people who clean their offices. The Ethiopian, Trump-supporting evangelical sings the same hymns as the chap with his fine collection of Jeremy Corbyn badges. The Romanian homeless guy prays alongside the person who is transitioning and next to the old Etonian ex-army officer. Many of these people have very little in common except their faith. But this is enough for them to treat each other as extended family. And I am proud to serve as their priest.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/28/etonian-trumpite-corbyn-church-diversity

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