THE FAITH COMMUNITY 01-22-2015

As Western societies become increasingly individualized and the bonds of group life, including the family, steadily weaken, healing will come through restoring the most exalted form of group life: the faith community.[1] Committing to the faith passed to us and making it our own in the present will bring healing to our extended family of faith, which stretches back generations. By committing to the particular vision of God passed down to us through generations we bring roots and continuity to our minds and hearts and to our faith communities.

Christian faith is anchored in God’s revelation to our ancestors: God became human. The Alexandrian Mystics give us a satisfying account of what this means. They give us clarity about Jesus that weathers the postmodern storms.

May Jesus’ primal mystic root move us from dualistic fragmentation to dynamic wholeness. May it move us from tug-of-war binaries to dynamic unity, where there’s cooperation instead of competition, where there’s creative tension between opposites as opposed to gridlock. May The Alexandrian Mystics move us toward a life-giving open-minded faith for our times based on personal experience and rooted in mystical theology.

[1] In medieval Europe the church wasn’t just the symbolic center of community life. It was the actual center. In many towns throughout Europe, the Cathedral was intentionally built in the very center of the town.