In last Saturday’s Guardian newspaper, Joanne Columbinefrom Bury in Lancashire makes an incisive contribution in response to the recent loss of trust in the Catholic faith:
“ If you must believe in an imaginary friend(or god, if you prefer), why not opt to worship him/her/it from the comfort of your own home in the manner of your choosing. Or do you require all that rigmarole and ceremony to give your faith meaning? Do the religious believe in god, or do they believe in the ritual, togetherness and sense of community. If it’s the latter, perhaps they could join a choir, football club or gardening group and avoid all the pain, hatred and intolerance religions routinely inflict on others.”
Well, have you got a better strategy for mission?