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Apr 10, 2009

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Clay Allard

How do we move from the depressing diagnosis to a prescription? It would seem to me that the Church is one of the few institutions that, while definitely part of the problem, could actually become part of the solution. Is there anybody (else) working on that that you know?

Michael W. Kruse

Well there is more analysis to come that may sharpen our focus of how this has come about but I think you are right that the church is uniquely positioned to be a part of the solution.

One of my reasons for blogging this book as that I've floated this issue among various elected and staff people involved with the national church. A few have bitten on the idea but most seem quite skeptical. I attribute that in part to the fact that so many pockets of the national church are echo chambers. Acknowledging the accuracy of this thesis could lead some personal conviction.

I struggle with what to do about this in my personal life. I have an eclectic life with diverse folks. I go out of my way to make it so. But my congregation, while somewhat diverse in politics and religion, is quite monotone in most other ways.

Do you have any thoughts?

Dennis Sanders

The thing is, we see this happening in the church as well. Since I work for Presbyterians, I've noticed that liberals go to liberal churches and conservatives to conversative ones and it seems that both sides have created a echo chambers of their own. I wonder if there really is a way that we as the Church can be an example of a true community where we respect and honor differences.

Michael W. Kruse

I share your take on this Dennis. What that means is that the church has get its act together. Can it? Will it? I don't think the PCUSA is all that different in this regard than other mainline denominations.

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