The joy and the challenge lie in our response to religious pluralism within our own Christian communities. Joy is experienced when other faith expressions call forth deeper and broader understandings of who Christ is for us in our time, in our world. We're challenged as we ponder what to do with our theological and historical attachments in light of new revelations.
The Rev. Kim Mammedaty
Executive Director, UCC Council for American Indian Ministry
The answer is best seen at a church council meeting, congregational meeting and Letters to the Editor. We are not uniform in our opinions but are united by one faith. It is Christ's message in the Sermon on the Mount, and it is God's loving sacrifice of his only beloved son that unites our faith; it is our interpretation of the Holy Word that is not uniform.
John C. Love
Congregational UCC (Delavan, Wis.)
West Bend, Wis.
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