Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Greenbelt Gems

Just back from Greenbelt and here are a couple of small gems I have come away with.

From Timothy Radcliffe's talk and book, What is the Point of Being a Christian?:

'A Christian sexual ethic must start from the last supper: "This is my Body given for you"' When we start with this, Christian sexual ethics is governed not by rules, but by issues of grace, reciprocal self-giving, vulnerability and covenant.

And a great quote from Seamus Heaney on joy:

We are made to share in God's happiness, which is not the same as 'the fixed smile of a pre-booked flight to paradise'.

And on morality: draw a small box, imagine in it are all the moral rules. Now draw beside it a much bigger box. The bigger box is freedom. God isn't really interested in the small box but in what they might enable us to create in the much larger box: 'For freedom Christ has set us free' (Galatians 5:1).

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