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It's fashionable today to bash the Churches, not just in terms of the scandals within them that hit the newspapers, but in terms of making them out to be enemies of the poor.
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Recently I attended a symposium on inter-religious dialogue. The keynote speakers were all excellent, with a single exception. One speaker suggested that one of the problems with Christianity is that it still contains too many elements unacceptable to the critical mind.
Among the kinds of loneliness that afflict us, there's one we don't often recognize or deal with very well – the loneliness of moving on. There's a loneliness that comes with leaving home, with forever losing loved ones, loved places and loved things.
If you're someone who's at all concerned about community, family, Church, justice, education, culture or civic issues, you will, no doubt, find yourself at a lot of meetings. A colleague of mine likes to quip: "When they write our history, they'll simply say, `They met a lot!'"