In recent days some friends have asked me about the connection between my work with congregations and my work with Speaking Down Barriers. My work in congregations is explicitly Christian, centered in teaching scripture and in spiritual revitalization. Speaking Down Barriers is a non-religious organization that seeks to bring people together across our differences, including religious difference, and some of our work specifically engages in interfaith dialogue as well as training clergy to work together across deep differences of religious belief and practice.
These two ways of working are not the same, and they are deeply related.
As it happens, I preached on the spiritual connection between these two centers of my work this past Sunday, in one of the churches I serve. The sermon focuses on a Biblical story of two warring kingdoms who sit down to eat together, at a meal neither wanted. In so doing, a third kingdom is revealed. This story sets the precedent for Psalm 23 and for Jesus’ stories of the banquet of the kingdom of God.
The sermon may be heard here.
I am so grateful to the congregations, fellow disciples, and friends of other beliefs who sit with me to eat, drink, and tell stories of the kingdoms from which we each come, building a beloved community in which we can all share.
Join us at the table. There is room for you. Always.