Last week The INTRAfaith Conversation went to the annual assembly of the Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).
At least for an hour.
My presentation was one among a group of offerings during the Saturday afternoon workshop time. It was a decidedly truncated version of my workshop at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, but it was just as stimulating – and affirming of my assertion that this is a wanted and needed conversation in the church today.
Some recurring themes:
- How can we talk non-judgementally/non-dogmatically to young people about their faith/God questions?
- How can we understand baptism in a non-exclusionary way?
- If other religions are valid, why did Jesus have to die?
- What is the goal of evangelism? Is Christian mission about conversion?
- How can we express our Christian identity, unapologetically but not offensively?
- What do we do about language in our scriptures, liturgies, hymnody, etc. that imply Christian superiority?
And as I always say: there are no cookie-cutter answers to these questions. However the answer to the question of methodology is conversation. If you want to know how to get a conversation started, check out The INTRAfaith Conversation: How Do Christians Talk Among Ourselves about INTERfaith Matters? It’s a congregation-friendly way of getting started.
And if you have questions, comments, stories to share, please feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you!