The Liturgy begins with the exclamation: “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” All too often the Christ-revealing peace of the Kingdom of God seems far from parish life. Factions thrive. Group is set against group. We kiss the icons, but there are some in the parish whom we prefer not to greet and whose departure might cause us to quietly rejoice. “What a fine parish this would be if it weren’t for certain people.”Love and forgiveness, even respect, all too often seem to elude us.
We hope this collection of essays from past issues of In Communion will prove helpful in overcoming barriers within our parishes that lock us out of the Kingdom of God.
(photo credit: Aaron Haney)
- “Seeking the Peace from Above” by Fr. Stephen Headley
- “Parish Ethics and the Teaching of Jesus” by Fr. John Breck
- “When Taking Cover Is Not Enough’ by Fr. Meletios Webber
- “Parish Peacemaking in a Consumer Society” by Fr. Ted Bobosh
- ” Wanders and Wonderings About Women and Walls” By Demetra Velisarios Jaquet
- “Promoting Harmony in the Choir” by James Chater