I wanted to take this opportunity to either remind you or inform you about a great event that will be happening here in the Chicago suburbs on Monday, March 26th, at 7:00 p.m. The event is called A Conversation on Unity in Christ’s Mission, and it is being held in Edman Chapel at Wheaton College.
In particular, the conversation will be around the opportunities for and challenges to shared mission among Catholics and Evangelicals. Leading the conversation are Dr. John Armstrong, Executive Director of a ministry called ACT 3 (Advancing the Christian Tradition in the 3rd Millennium) which works to equip the church for unity in Christ’s mission, and Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago. There will be an open time for questions after Cardinal George and Dr. Armstrong speak and interact with each other.
I am so looking forward to this conversation! Relationship between Catholic Christians and Evangelical Christians continues to improve, but there are many of us who still are trying to figure out what that means, beyond social acceptance. How can we work together in our common commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ without feeling as though we have to leave some part of ourselves out of the mission? What areas have we failed to recognize as fertile ground for shared ministry and mission?
The fragmentation of American culture into unending sub-cultures feels to me like a new way for an old problem to sink roots into the soil – churches find ways to disagree with each other, and then stay separate, with far more energy, enthusiasm and effort than they find ways to agree with each other. I want to see the Spirit of Jesus draw us into deeper unity, not have to work in spite of our divisions!
So, I hope to see you Monday night at Edman Chapel; if you can’t make it, please pray that this would be a fruitful and spiritually generous time of Church community, to the glory of God alone!