What unites us is central
Julian Wood thinks it is more important to celebrate what we share than to focus what divides us
One of the gifts of a spiritually-led life is that we can reflect on what unites us as well as what divides us from other people.
I struggle with attending church- but then often think, ‘Hang on - I agree with all of Christianity apart from the church dogma’.
This is a creed I can sign up to - and I think almost all Christians, non-Christians and people of other faiths can sign up to as well. Can you?
Ø I believe in the centrality of love in life - that we are here to love and care for each other.
Ø I believe in the great value of life in all its manifestations - in the value of each human life, in the lives of animals and of all nature
Ø I believe there is a dimension beyond the everyday - I call this the transcendent. Christians call it a variety of things, including the Holy Spirit, God and Jesus. It is summed up in Pierre de Chardin’s famous quote “We are spiritual beings living a physical life”
Ø I believe in the importance of faith - as do we all. We need faith to walk out of our front doors and trust that the ground will not collapse under us, to quote Desmond Tutu.
Ø I believe in the moral aspect of life, as did Martin Luther King. That breaking a moral law, such as murder or hating someone, has a moral consequence, and that these laws are just as important as physical laws.
Ø I believe in the value of trust between people for healthy relationships, and trust in ourselves.
Ø I believe that I do not have the whole truth, and that I need to live in community to understand myself and others fully - that there is a wisdom beyond my own wisdom and that of other individuals
As I see it, these beliefs are far more important than church dogma- I see them as the 95% on which all humanity virtually can agree - and the 5% of other beliefs (concerning whose God is ‘right’ etc.) as relatively unimportant.
And this gives me great hope. If we all share this 95%, we all share religion.