“Here is the Church”
The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.
1 Corinthians 12:25-26 (MSG)
Ray Downing, Greg Boyle and Michael Battle/Desmond Tutu all have messages to share about how we are to live in this world. These authors help us to see a vision of community and healing. They all have helped me see my life and experiences in a larger context.
What would they say to each other if we got them to sit down together? I think they would confess their Christian faith, grieve our separations, celebrate forgiveness and call for new communities of healing. I would love to hear how they understand and see the scripture passage at the beginning of this post.
Can we find voices that together will bring healing to this broken and suffering world? I have found some. Will you join the choir? Will you bring others with you? Will you share your healing stories?
Downing, R. (2018). Global Health Means Listening (1 ed.). Manqa Books.
Boyle, G. (2017). Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship. Simon & Schuster.
Battle, Michael (2009) Ubuntu: I in You and You in Me Seabury Books, New York
Tutu, D Speech delivered at Duke Chapel by Bishop Desmond Tutu (1986)
Hage, M. L. (2013). Global Health.
Hage, M. L. (2013). Reconciliation and Healing.