. . . to find a church that:
- Affirms the ancient Christian faith, as described in the Nicene Creed and rooted in divine revelation,
- Welcomes, empowers, and integrates people of all genders and sexual orientations, races and ethnicities, physical and mental abilities, and social and economic standings,
- Seeks to deepen our intimacy with and obedience to God, through prayer, worship, teaching, community, and sacrament,
- Worships God through ancient, meaningful, and participatory sacred liturgy,
- Preaches prophetic truth, based in the Bible and oriented to contemporary application, in a way that actively challenges listeners, Christians and non-Christians alike, to reexamine their beliefs and actions,
- Follows God’s calling by fighting for economic, social, and environmental justice in its community and the world, and
- Embraces seekers and visitors as a congregation, actively drawing them into community?
I’d be tempted to give up my ideals, except that I know those churches do exist; I found at least two of them in Texas, of all places! Surely New England, with its gorgeous old churches, historical faith traditions, and refreshingly liberal politics, has something.
Any suggestions? I’d really like to find somewhere that makes me look forward to Sunday mornings.
Also, this post includes far too many commas.