what the church should bePosted: May 8, 2014
I love the quote in the quote below from Pope Francis, courtesy of the good folks at Episcopal Church Memes, but originally from Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. It is a standard to which the Church, all Christian denominations, ought to aspire.
It reminded me of the quote from the late Aidan Kavanagh. I love this image. Kavanagh was Catholic, but I first heard the quote from the former Dean of Grace Cathedral, Alan Jones. I would love to think that the Episcopal Church can embody this ideal.
The church is always inviting all people home
Where soup still simmers on the back of the stove
In from the cold of impersonal process and shame
To the simple warmth of dinner among friends, both human and Divine.
Here there are no bottom lines, only laughter and good red wine
Mutual gentleness, and mercy and forgiveness for all.