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Activity in Church


The head of the Anglican church, Rowan Williams, calls on his churches to spend more time praying and contemplating. If you’ve ever seen a church bulletin you probably understand why. They are chock full of activities. For nearly every night of the week you have something you might feel obligated to attend. It seems like he would agree with Socrates: Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

I think this is the perfect advice that would come from a man like Williams. He was never a business man. He doesn’t wear a shiny suit. I would bet he doesn’t give a service from a microphone either (which is actually something I’ve come to appreciate in a catholic service). He writes poetry, and to some degree he is a mystic.

I think it comes down to understanding what the purpose of church is. If it is about doing things, then by all means, be busy. But if it is about people, and about God – that is what you need to be busy about. And the last time I checked, you can’t rush people. You certainly can’t rush God.

What do you think?

One Response to “Activity in Church”

  1. on 17 Feb 2009 at 10:20 amJimS

    Yes! Good subject matter, but if you would, allow some time for me to further pray and comtemplate the proposition. 😉



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