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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Religious Wars and Reconciliation

One of my churches has a number of people who do beautiful things with yarn. Shawls, slippers, hats and scarves, throws and afghans. . . you name it, they can make it, and wonderfully well. I hope to encourage this behavior, as a basis for spiritual discipline and as an opportunity for outreach and/or evangelism. My thought is to start a group (a guild of some sort) which can meet regularly to work and laugh and pray together.

They have been receptive to the idea, even if there is some inherent conflict among the crew. Significant conflict, actually-- over deeply held beliefs and time-honored traditions. Enough that it sometimes erupts into snide comments and even the occasional muttered insult (delivered with a smile, of course).

What? Here?? In the church??? Yes, my friends, it's true. There seem to be irreconcilable differences among these godly people.

You see, some are avid (rabid?) knitters. . . while others are zealous (obsessive?) crocheters. This seems to be one of those situations where one is necessarily a (*ahem*) dyed-in-the-wool loyalist, and ne'er the twain shall meet.

And yet, even amid the internecine strife, it seems we can find common ground among the yarn, and the desire to share God's fibrous gifts with one another as Christian disciples.

Anyone out there taking notes?


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