Why bother coming to church?

The UUA had its annual General Assembly last week, and one sermon delivered by Rev. Rob Eller-Issacs caught my eye. Rev. Eller-Issacs says:
(emphasis mine)

"There is an essential tension in liberal religion, between those who believe that the church is in the world to foster pluralism or enable dialog or even encourage community, and those who believe that the church is in the world to engender the experience of the Holy in order to awaken compassion and foster a life of loving service."

But rather than presenting the tension as eternal, necessary, or unresolvable, Eller-Isaacs came down firmly on one side: "
The purpose of the church is to engender the experience of the Holy. … Pluralism is not an end in itself. Pluralism is a way to be together in community, not the purpose for which we come together."


What a succinct statement on why we should gather in religious community, well said!

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