Monday, June 04, 2007

Welcome to the project

A visiting priest from Massachusetts, Fr. John O'Brien, visited the young adult group I'm a part of last night and as part of the discussion we talked about how the church has evolved over the last 2,000 years. He said that in times of cultural distress (like today) people want to cling to absolutes and black and white but that's not how faith works.

While God may not change, our understanding of God is constantly developing, partly based on the culture/conflicts of the day, he said. Therefore, our human reaction to God (the "rules" of religion) also change. Then he came to the best part. Fr. John reminded us that we can be a part of that discussion. As we grow in faith and understanding and share it with others, we contribute to this "project" of developing theology.

I guess that's what I hoped this blog and my work in general can be about: stimulating and continuing that discussion. How do other people understand God? How does faith intersect with the world? What can we learn from all of that?

Welcome to this piece of the project.

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