The church must move into the motley world, including all its bubbles and unimaginable peculiarities, yet beautiful and worth a conversation and consideration at all ends and edges, writes pastor Gudmund Rask Pedersen My wife got a horse. She is very fond of it. She claims that they communicate together, the two and that the horse is also very fond of her. I can’t quite follow my wife. But I can see and feel that the relationship with her horse is immensely important and valuable to her. While I am delighted that my wife has got this life-giving relationship into her life, I am also glad that she still wants to spend time with me – even without the horse there – and that she obviously well can distinguish between the love of one and the other – the horse and me. When a church on Zealand under the heading “Something about ostriches and canine dogs” invites you to an evening about animal clairvoyance with the visit of a so-called animal breeder, who reportedly was able to convey contact between people and their deceased animals, then I cannot quite follow them in the action as an obvious popular ecclesiastical topic.
But I must also say that over the years I have seen so many other, in my eyes, little church events run out of the stack around the motley church life. So what should be the criterion for what we can invite and not invite to in a church context? The criterion can in any case not only be something with what I, as a priest or ward council member, personally go right now and fumble with thoughts and beliefs about one and the other. But what then? From the relationship with my wife, I know that, overall, I come furthest by being open and listening to her stories about communication and good moments with the horse. And only then in an open conversation as constructively as possible convey my skepticism to one and the other of what I have heard here.It could also well be a possible point of departure for what we, in a public church context, can address issues in the existential and human field seen very broadly: Everything possible from what one and the other folk church member out there in the current contemporary life goes on and fumble with faith and thoughts about everything between heaven and earth.Look at it. Talk about it. Listening, Asking, Discussing, and Almost Offending: But for God’s sake (which always means for our own and our humanity’s sake) not be too fast with the heretics and gloomy denials of what the neighbor – or even his wife – goes and thinks and tumbling with, and sometimes maybe even believing.The criterion for what we can invite to and do not invite to in the ecclesiastical context must ultimately not be so much the theme, where aliens and special it might even work on each of us, but the sign of what we in the ecclesiastical basically have to reassemble. In short, Christ.
Saying with the strong words of the Philosophy of the Hymn: “You must have the mind toward one another, who was in Christ Jesus, who had the form of God, did not consider it a prey to be equal to God, but renounced it; took on the form of a servant, and became men.
Then the direction is just as stated, also for us: Into the human. Into the motley world, including all its bubbles and unimaginable peculiarities, is yet beautiful and in fact worth a conversation and consideration at all ends and edges.NB. I myself have had some riding lessons here in the spring on a horse that can do something with the eyes. Like about it …