A Church That Embraces All Religions and Rejects ‘Us’ vs. ‘Them’

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Some of the congregants began arriving to help. There was Steve Crawford, who had spent his youth in Campus Crusade for Christ, and Gloria Parker, raised Lutheran and married to a Catholic, and Patrick McKenna, who had been brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness and now called himself a pagan.

They had come together with about 20 other members to celebrate the end of their third year as the congregation of the Living Interfaith Church, the holy mash-up that Mr. Greenebaum had created. Yearning for decades to find a religion that embraced all religions, and secular ethical teachings as well, he had finally followed the mantra of Seattle’s indie music scene: “D.I.Y.,” meaning “do it yourself.”

So as the service progressed, the liturgy moved from a poem by the Sufi mystic Rumi to the “passing of the peace” greeting that traced back to early Christianity to a Buddhist responsive reading to an African-American spiritual to a rabbinical song.

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Posted July 13, 2013 at 11:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

I guess it is true if everything is true, then nothing is true.

July 13, 6:29 pm | [comment link]
2. Undergroundpewster wrote:

30 congregants pretty much defines the typical temporary adherents to this idea. I pray that they will take the time to study the Gospel of Jesus Christ and accept Him as the Way.

July 13, 11:40 pm | [comment link]
3. Emerson Champion wrote:

This is the epitome of “spiritual, but not religious” as well as syncretism.

July 14, 11:38 am | [comment link]
4. Cennydd13 wrote:

I’m reminded of +Swing’s ‘United Religions Initiative,’ in which pagans, Unitarians, many others are brought together.  It doesn’t show any signs of growing.

July 14, 5:40 pm | [comment link]
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