Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
“Threading the needle” is to skillfully navigate through a difficult conflict. It’s a skill in high demand these days.
Consider the plight of the Episcopal Church in Lexington, Virginia named after Robert E. Lee. General Lee joined the congregation following the Civil War. Prior to this, the church was called Grace Episcopal Church.
Changing the church’s name has been debated for years. Further identification of Confederate monuments with racism by the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville has only fueled the fire.
Seeking to appease all members, the congregation has taken the approach of maintaining the name R.E. Lee Memorial Church while at the same time issuing a statement condemning “in the name of Christ” white supremacy, anti-Semitism and racism “in all its forms.”
Here’s My Take: The Church was not formed to “thread needles” by including all opinions but to lift up God’s love for all people.
Grace has been defined as “God’s reaching downward to people who are in rebellion against him.” It’s not a bad name for a church.