At one point in the service, the Reverend J. Jon Bruno of the Episcopal church apologizes to the Hindu community for discriminating against them, specifically seen through the attempt to proselytize. Rev. Jon announced that they were committed to the renunciation of "proselytizing" to Hindus. Later on in the service, all were invited to gather for Holy Communion. The homily focused on how "the Divine Presence" illuminates unto the whole world for both Hindus and Christians. The goal of this service is to build up a 'beloved community,' according to Rev. Gwynne Guibord.
There is no question that atrocious things have been done under the name of Jesus Christ throughout history. It is also quite evident that many of the ways in which evangelicals live their lives is contrary to the marks of Colossians 3:12 and the identifying virtues of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. But is the way to move forward in the world this blending of services? Does the practice of gathering around the bread and wine, the story of our Lord Jesus Christ crucified and risen and our new lives found within that story, mean no more than finding "the divine presence" in all actions of spirituality? Can anyone encounter any god or higher power through confessing that "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again."
To be fair, I should not be attempting to write a blog of this sort at midnight, but I cannot help but be frustrated that the Christian church is willing to give up the confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. One of the reasons given in the article for this is that they desire to serve rather than dominate. I will throw out though, that gathering together and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ and being formed in communities under his Lordship will not create us at antagonistic or dominating people, but rather people who are compassionate, kind, humble, meek, and patient. Watering down and reducing the Eucharist to a mere event of "divine encounter" with any deity sought after is far from living together under the story of Christ crucified and the proclamation of "who we are" as members in that new kingdom of God.