Recently I’ve been hearing friends expressing their disillusionment with Church in its institutionalised, committed-to-sticking-around form. quite a lot of them are saying the thing doesn’t seem to be touching the reality they know and experience every day. others that it just isn’t matching up to what they had expected or hoped for, or even what they felt had been promised when they first “joined up” or got involved.
The list of friends thus pissed off includes Gen X and Y types, especially from the creative world, and those with an activist history in the face of aching need – some daring to work where most of us wouldn’t be seen dead.
But some of the people on this list are fellow clergy, minister, pastors, priests. it just doesn’t seem to be touching real people where they are. we seem to be doing church a heck of a lot for ourselves, and they’re in the process of deciding they don’t want to patronise that, chaplain it, promote it or even defend it. in fact I get the feeling they want to demolish it, dance on the ruins and then start something new – if we could just figure out what that was.
so here’s an invitation, a challenge, a kick up your low-riding pants. what’re you gonna do about it? what would it look like if we tried to do something about it? how do we stop it from becoming yet another edifice in need of a salutary demolition job? what’s not negotiable? where could we start? with whom? doing what?
my mate Tamati and I want to get you talking, reflecting, arguing about the revolution that’s long overdue. in my time we had the charismatic thing that revolutionised church – but it stagnated and became charismania – and i know a whole lot of you hate it now. so what are we wanting to do? come on let’s hear ya?
the barefoot surfer