Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
T. S. Eliot includes a passage in Four Quartets that reflects changes in my life and perhaps yours as well:
We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
I have been invited to serve as director of the Edenton-Chowan Food Pantry, a response to hunger by local churches and volunteers in a small area of northeastern North Carolina. It is not unlike 40 years ago when so many of us came together to serve the poor and the isolated elderly living in mid-town Kansas City.
Here’s My Take: Excited and open to the future, I see more clearly now that faith is a journey, not a set of beliefs. For Christians it is walking together in the footsteps of one who embraced the poor out of compassion, not charity. To lift up the “least of these, my friends” is for all to stand more fully in the presence of God.
As Eliot concludes, it’s “Not fare well, but fare forward, voyagers.” To each of you, thanks for sharing the journey.