They worshiped him,
but some doubted.
To celebrate our 89th Anniversary in the midst of the current process of reforming our collective identity, let's change our founding text from John 17:21 to Matthew 28:17. Seriously.
This verse from Matthew is not some incidental, by-the-way, side comment about riff-raff. This verse describes the initial response of the core disciples when they first encounter Jesus now resurrected.
Ought we not lift this up as a paradigm of how communities of faith today might respond to the Good News of resurrection?
Worship AND Doubt
Worship with joy, awe, gratitude, and compassion. Worship with unhesitant, nothing held back, loyalty. Worship with our whole self: body, soul and mind. Worship grounded in clarity, perspective, intent and purpose. Worship oriented by a trustworthy moral compass. Worship grounded in right relationships.
AND doubt with curiosity and openness. Doubt with confidence that expects and enjoys uncertainty and ambiguity. Doubt that wonders. Doubt that challenges unexamined opinion and self-righteousness. Doubt that drags us toward truth and confession. Doubt that knows we do not yet fully embody all that God dreams for us to become. Doubt that has the courage to leave the beloved familiar for the desired undetermined future.
Let's Be Like Them
Seriously. Isn't it time to ground ourselves in a new text? So why not ground ourselves in the first responses of the first disciples? Let's be like them. I know I'd like to belong to a community that both worships and doubts.
So let's start a national campaign to have the General Council 2015 adopt a new motto and change our crest:
Et Adoraverunt Quidam Autem Dubitaverunt.
(I'm no Latin scholar so this is Google's translation of "They worshiped him, but some doubted." Others who actually know Latin will have to provide the translation that captures the nuances.)