A couple of weeks ago there was an article in our local paper about my church. Doug Carroll of the Republic wrote:
Chalice Christian Church doesn’t seem to fit in a Gilbert dominated by the Mormon faith and various large non-denominational churches. Chalice, part of the liberal Disciples of Christ, draws about 70 worshipers on Sundays to its temporary location at Imagine Charter Elementary School on Gilbert Road. But only a block south of there near Ray Road, the ambitious church is building a permanent home on 5 acres, where it will continue to make a stand for inclusiveness and social action.
“It’s weird to be who we are, where we are,” acknowledged Linda Miller, the church’s senior pastor who has been with Chalice since it spun off from a Disciples church in Tempe about 10 years ago. “But it was also that way for Jesus. He changed the climate person by person, relationally. He encouraged individual transformation.
“We could have picked an easier place to grow. But Jesus’ Gospel was so countercultural that it’s still countercultural.” . . . Corner said Chalice is about what people don’t hear in its preaching and teaching. “They don’t hear hellfire and brimstone,” he said. “We accept anybody Jesus would have accepted. We see ourselves as an additional effort to make this a better world.”
The full article is available on the archives of the Republic, $2.50 for a single article.
NPR has a story about the Democratic base in New Hampshire and they went to a Unitarian Universalist church. Listen here. And, we should not forget the recent discovery that Democratic presidential candidates may be religous. And, maybe there is more to faith than anti-gay and anti-abortion. Discussed here.
So, we–that is, liberal Christians–are starting to get the country’s attention. I find that exciting. I hope that we have something to say: A concise message for the uninitiated, for the newcomer. That can be good from a PR perspective, but it can also be good internally. When Chalice developed its most recent tag line (where questions are as important as answers), the process helped us focus on an aspect of our church–curiousity & openness–that was both important to us, and a unique feature of our church. I look forward to the movement doing the same.