Unity and Uniformity. I am afraid most churches do not understand the difference and that it is possible to be different
Unkown exact age, four miles up creek from Sedona Arizona
Appreciation of Variety is a good thing
Unity not Uniformity. I was reading a reflection by Jude Siciliano, OP at the preachers exchange and he touched on this most wonderful notion. Unity would be the standing together. Praying together, singing together, and getting together that any good community does. Uniformity would be everyone doing the above exactly the same, not going to happen. Trying to make it happen will cause disunity for sure, and resentments galore.
It is easy to feel comfortable with both, however we can thrive without uniformity but not without unity. Variety is the spice of life, is true for individuals and for whole communities.
I like both Unity and Uniformity. Unity for me and everyone doing like I do ;-) Of course I am joking but in truth that thought crosses my mind whenever I see someone doing something new to me.
A while back I had a wonderful opportunity to bring a Buddhist around to temples on the one hand and cathedrals on the other (well at least big churches). Many of the services were in Spanish and many of the temples spoke Chinese or Korean. Well eventually through no effort of her own my friend became a Christian. I say it that way because she is one of the few I know that were not seeking Christ – but Christ was seeking them. For me, my faith grew in the abundance and variety of the way that people worship. Of course I marred that friend.
Then awhile later I was blessed to be able to attend three completely different churches and grow through their way of worship. The oldest Catholic church in California, the basilica of Alcala, A good old fashioned Linda Vista Second Baptist a predominantly African American Church, in the heart of military housing where the entire service was done in song, including the scripture reading. And an Episcopal mission church for Vietnamese. These all are awesome cool churches. I suppose their doctrines are a bit different, I do not care. What was the same was good and helpful and filled me with the Love.
I just love these trees
Man Made Rules
Now do not get me wrong, I enjoy my church every Sunday and I very much like doing things the same way every time. It frees me from paying attention to detail, it is comforting and all of us are on the same page, so singing and responses are right on and harmonious. But now I do some preaching to the youth. They are second and third generation immigrant Vietnamese. That friend I took around is of course my wife. And we bring our boy with us every Sunday, we now have what I call Community. Now instead of going to many varied churches, I bring the many variations, to provide inspiration toward unity.
I suppose if all these churches did things exactly the same, uniformly, it would be easier to go from one to another. But then we would miss the juice in variety. So I prefer Unity over Uniformity, try it you’ll like it. Probably the most important part of all this is the insight into our own hearts, do we sit in judgment of differences or do we envelope them in love and acceptance?
Unity and uniformity are not the same. Unity goes to a shared sense values, faith and hope. Uniformity goes to man made rules, and lack of variance in thought. It is easy to feel comfortable with both, however we can thrive without uniformity but not without unity. Variety is the spice of life, is true for individuals and for whole communities.
Our church was not accepted.
We went through a process to be an Ordinary Church within the Catholic Church. We got letters from the Holy See in the Vatican, we got acceptance by the national church, and we had letters of acceptance from our Archbishop and the Bishop. But the local Catholic ethnic community rejected us. We will stay strictly Anglican. Our rejection was not based on faith. It was based on man made interpretation of man made rules. We in some ways were not in uniformity with them and so unity was destroyed.