“Today and in the near future, there are two alternatives: fundamentalism or interreligious dialogue” - The Dalai Lama

As readers of this blog will know I am very concerned to explore how one might continue to be intimately and creatively related to the Christian tradition but without at the same time remaining wedded to what many of us see as increasingly problematic institutional forms of it; problematic both in social and political as well as philosophical and theological terms.

Clearly one helpful thing would be to reframe our understanding of what it means to 'be a Christian' and, inevitably that process today involves some kind of real inter-religious dialogue. This blog (which is all my Sunday addresses are - it is simply that I present them in person each Sunday morning) tries to map out various way by which we might achieve this reframing and, in some cases, to report and reflect on how we are already doing it.

Well, because it is the Christmas carol and readings service this Sunday and I am relieved of address writing duties, instead of giving you my thoughts on the matter I'll take this opportunity to point you to what seems to me a very interesting and valuable piece of writing connected with this 'reframing' by James W. Heisig entitled Christianity Today - The Transition to Disestablishment. Hesig is Director of the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture. You need to scroll down this pdf copy of Inter-Religio to find the article.

Have a very happy Christmas and, if you can, please do join us on Christmas Eve at 6.30 for our communion service and/or on Christmas morning at 10.30. For those of you who can't get here I'll try and get my Christmas Day blog up on Christmas Eve in case anyone is minded to read it on the day itself.

P.S. The picture is of my own Zafu in my study. Regular readers of this blog will know that I nicked a photo of my friend Kev's Zafu for an earlier post because I forgot my camera that day and couldn't take one of my own. He noticed. So, now I'm putting right a very, very minor sin . . .

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