"Synopsis: Rick Warren,
author of A
Purpose-Driven Life and the founding pastor of
California’s Saddleback Church, addresses the need for
change in the church in this session of the Sunday Forum.
says that he recently told a group of business leaders,
"The future of the
world is not secularism. It’s religious
"The world is becoming
more religious, not less.. We’re going to have to minister in a context where
we… learn how to get along.'...
"To that end,
Warren is trying to increase civility in the world, and he
is calling Christians to act on their own teachings. 'I
think we need a second Reformation in the church about
how we behave,' he asserts.
Reformation was about creeds. I think the
second Reformation needs to be about deeds…If Christians
of all stripes…would just practice what we know
Jesus taught, the world would be an incredibly different
calls this second Reformation a 'mobilization.' Saddleback is developing a
Plan' and worldwide mission to promote
reconciliation through service...."
What is Pluralism? Ponder this definition from
pluralism is not diversity
alone, but the energetic engagement with diversity.
...eligious diversity is a given, but pluralism is ...
an achievement. Mere diversity without real encounter
and relationship will yield increasing tensions in
pluralism is not just tolerance,
but the active seeking of
understanding across lines of difference....
Tolerance is too thin a foundation for a world of
religious difference and proximity. It does nothing to
remove our ignorance of one another, and leaves in place
the stereotype, the half-truth, the fears that underlie
old patterns of division and violence....
pluralism is not relativism,
but the encounter of commitments. ... It means holding our
deepest differences, even our religious differences,
not in isolation, but in relationship to one another.
pluralism is based on dialogue.
The language of pluralism is that of dialogue and
encounter, give and take, criticism and self-criticism.
Dialogue means both speaking and listening, and that
process reveals both common understandings and real
differences. ... Pluralism involves the commitment to
being at the table -- with one’s commitments.
L. Eck, an authority on Hinduism and Director of the
Pluralism Project. It's
Advisory Board includes Wiccan author Margot Adler and
Charles Haynes, a zealous promoter of religious
dialogue in classrooms across America.
Learn more about the Pluralism Project, Dr. Haynes and Ms Eck in
our article, "Twisting
Truth through Classroom Consensus."
Plan & UN Goals: Part 1 - "The Emerging Global Church"
Equipping Leaders to 'Lead like Jesus'?
Part 3: Whom do
"Rick Warren: Mainline Church Problems Need Evangelical Solution"
"Megachurch pastor Rick Warren suggested Sunday that mainline churches need to reconcile with evangelicals to counter its mounting problem of membership decline.
“'The reconciliation is that in a pluralistic world…we (Christians) need to be on the same team
because we share the same savior,' Warren contended Sunday, as he spoke with
the dean of the Washington National Cathedral, Samuel T. Lloyd III, who observed
that evangelical churches are thriving and full of vitality, while most mainline
denominations are confronting worrisome membership decline.
"During the Cathedral’s weekly Sunday Forum:
Critical Issues in the Light of Faith, Lloyd asked Warren how mainlines should tackle the problem.
“'100 years ago the phrase
‘social gospel’ first came out,' Warren responded. 'Some people took that to
mean only if we reform the social government and society and not personal faith in Christ Jesus – that
is, if we make the world a better place – we don’t need personal redemption.' That idea led to mainline churches going
evangelical churches another way, he said.
[Note: To understand that conflict, please read
Treason in the Church: Trading Truth for a "Social
Transforming the World by
Subverting the Church. It's far
more alarming than Warren suggests]
"In general, mainline churches focused on social morality
such as fighting poverty, racism and economic justice.
Meanwhile, evangelical churches concentrated on personal
morality such as personal salvation, fighting pornography,
and upholding family values.
“'Who’s right? The fact is
both are right,' Warren
emphasized. 'Somehow we got divided like Jesus didn’t care
about society or members of society didn’t need Jesus. I
think we need both.'
Warren called for
between mainline and
Earlier in the program,
Warren shared about his 20,000-member Saddleback Church.... Warren said proudly that there are more people meeting in
small groups each week – about 30,000 – than attending
Sunday service.... Warren also highlighted that the evangelical church
offers about 22 different worship styles across its campus
on Sunday but listens to the same sermon."
“'God likes variety,' Warren said with a laugh."
[All kinds?] ...