The Family at the Heart of Faith
Years ago my teenaged son disappeared from Church one Sunday. When we got home we discovered that he had walked home and “cleaned the house”, ( which wasn’t really unclean to begin with because I was a stickler for a Sabbath ready house!). His explanation was that he was tired of sitting around listening to “gumbies” talking about being good, so he thought he’d come home and DO something good. I find that the more inspired I am at Church, or Conference, or the Temple the more I want to DO good, and also the more I want to feed my spirit — it’s like a wonderful cycle. But I do believe there are good people everywhere who feel close to God, and do much
good , who aren’t necessarily churchgoers now. I love Elder Gong’s counsel from October 2022: “…a thousand millennial years when Satan is bound may give us time and surprising ways …to prepare for eternity.” Maybe, and probably, churches will be packed full of joyful worshippers.
This beautiful article had many intriguing concepts to think about. It‘s exciting to imagine the wonderful possibilities of change and growth for the future of our church and ways we can affect the world for good.
I love a good reframing of what is at first perceived to be a problem. What a refreshing idea that we can expand our views on what it means to be religious to include other forms of spirituality. (I also love an article that includes a quote from a woman, but sadly this doesn’t include even one. Surely there are women scholars or religious leaders who have written/spoken on this topic. Would love to see us also expand our sources to be more inclusive.)