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Saturday, 24 October 2015

"This is a Hard Saying!"

We need to stop expressing ideas "encrusted in a language which is archaic or simply incomprehensible."

"There's too much 'Church speak.' People don't understand what we are saying. We have to have to have a language event."

Because there's "language [that] automatically sets people off and probably isn't useful anymore."

Such language promotes "alienation ... the sense of exclusion."

The Church must propose a “less negative” reading of reality.

"What we heard is that [indissolublity] says too much for people -- or it's too hard of a word to understand... People understand life-long fidelity, but it seems to be too much of a juridical term to describe the richness and complexity of what a marriage means for people in their culture."

Don't like the words?

And here's one that's too hard,has too much baggage, it's too negative, too... what? anyway, it's - "GOD".
If you think God is dead, you’re still welcome at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, Oregon, a suburb of Portland. Minister John Shuck’s approach to God resembles that of a low-budget frat party — Bring Your Own God.
“While the symbol ‘God’ is part of our cultural tradition, you can take it or leave it or redefine it to your liking,” Shuck wrote earlier this year. “God is a symbol of myth-making and not credible as a supernatural being or force.”
Shuck isn’t the only religious leader dispensing of the sacred descriptor. Rev. Gary Hall, the dean of Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral, reportedly doesn’t believe in God, at least not in the mystical sense. And the Lab/Shul Jewish community in New York City recently adopted the BYOG approach. A note from the community’s leader, Amichai Lau-Lavie, explained that they are committed to “replacing the baggage-laden word ‘God’ with several other names and prisms that enable us to better connect with and describe the inherently indescribable.”

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