Before he was the nationally famous chaplain at Yale University, before he was the
minister of the great Riverside Presbyterian Church in New York, before he was a well-
known activist in the field of peacemaking, William Sloane Coffin Jr. was searching for
faith. He described a crucial transition in his faith-journey this way: "Slowly, I found
myself changing from the seeker who looks hoping something's there, to the kind who
knows something's there, if only he can find it."
We come to worship for different reasons. Some come in doubt, some in certainty, most
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.