As we are walking away from organised religion there are a lot of interesting conversations going on around the dinner table in our house.
Yesterday Hanna said something about the death of her ministry and how maybe she never felt quite comfortable with the title minister of religion. I think I can echo that thought. I am done ministering to religion. Minister meaning servant and religion in this case meaning the institution of organised religion. I would much rather be a minister of the people. In the words of General John Gowans, we are to save souls, grow saints and serve a suffering humanity. We where never meant to serve religion. We were always meant to bring about heaven on earth, never build a specific church.
So as we now pack up our stuff and move out of the church building that has been our home away from home for the last six years, this is what we will do, we will be ministers of the people. We will let go of church and grab a hold of life, because:
Life is my religion
Being alive is my daily spiritual practice. Love is my rule. Humankind is my family. Authentic friendships is my church. The kingdom of God runs through my veins. Jesus is my brother. Becoming and being all that I am is my calling. Helping you become and be all that you are is my ministry. My deepest feelings are my guide. All living things are my teacher.
This is more than ever the focus of our lives and our calling. We will work out here in the middle of life serving the people around us being wholemakers in a world full of fragmentation and brokenness.