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First Things September 2013

September 2, 2013

“What is church for?”

That is one of the questions we’re going to explore during the coming year.  Especially in a cultural environment where the value of religion is under question, it’s important for those of us who care about religion to be clear about what the church means in our lives, and the good work the church helps us accomplish.

In the next few months, we’re going to look at different types of spiritual practices that people do with a group, or alone, or through engaging with the world in various ways.  Then we will move to talking about the goals of religion.  In the winter, we will look at personal goals:  the ways that spirituality helps to make us better, happier, healthier individuals.  And in the spring, we will look at social goals, the ways that spirituality works to make a more just, peaceful, beautiful and sustainable world for us all.

But there’s one goal of spirituality that is achieved from the very first day that you become a member of a church.

The most fundamental goal of spirituality is to develop a sense of intimate connection to a “something greater than yourself.”  A something that is both greater than you, but also completely includes you.

The church community is itself a thing like that.  A member of a church immediately feels the benefit of connection to something greater:  the community of the church, the mission, the history, the future.  The church is a greater being that embraces its members, enlarges us, and urges us to greater existence that we can achieve on our own.

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