Rally to Restore Unity Round-Up: Day 1

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

Total Raised for Charity:Water: 

$560 – That’s 28 people served! See how far we are to meeting our goal of $5,000

Synchroblog Contributions: 

Chad Jones with “Common Love”

Ben Emerson with “4 Ways NOT To Restore Unity”

Devin Rose with “Rally to Restore Unity”
“Pope John Paul II’s pontificate cut across denominational boundaries. He was loved by Christians of all traditions and even by non-Christians. People could see in him an authentic Christian witness. He was real. He loved people. He loved God.”

Jeff Clarke with “Bridging the Denominational Divide – A Pentecostal Perspective”

Rain with “God Loves Feminists”

Gregory Jeffers with “On the Unity of the Church”

Michelle McConnell with “Pondering Babel” 
“Homogeneity glorifies us. Unity glorifies God."

Josh Luukkonen with “20 Beliefs”

Jeremy Myers with “Religion Breeds Hats”
“Are we arguing over anything silly today? Certainly. …Most of these are hats. Most of them, I believe, are peripheral issues. They are decorative to the Christian life, like a hat, but certainly not central.” 

Suzannah with “Be loved, Belong”
“The transforming love of Christ is stronger than hate and darkness, and withholding it from those with whom we disagree [sinner/liberal/pharisee/other] dishonors the image of God in us all.”

*Chad Holtz with “You’re a Poopy-Head (But so am I)”
I’m convinced that any Rally to Restore Unity or any World Council of Churches or any ecumenical move will ultimately fail at making us one when they depend on the “positive” contributions each party brings to the table. Barth concludes instead, ‘Genuine fellowship is grounded upon a negative: it is grounded upon what men lack.’”

Brian Jeansonne with “Community without Unity?"

Kellen with “Fearing for Unity”


Ron Amundson with “Christian Unity and the US Govt in the 1800s” 

Ricky Maye with “Those Men”

Mark Baker-Wright with “Till All Are One”

Charissa Jeannett with “Rebuilding a Broken Temple”
"The unity of Christendom is not a luxury, but a necessity. The World will go limping until Christ's prayer that all may be one is answered. We must have unity, not at all costs, but at all risks. A unified Church is the only offering we dare present to the coming Christ, for in it alone will He find room to dwell."– Bishop Charles Henry Brent

Ian McLaren with “The New Cynics”

Amanda Mac with “Christian Unity”

Sarah Newton with “What A Mystic Thinks”

Wendy McCraig with “I have a dream that John Piper and Rob Bell will…”

Jon Coutts with “On Unity”
“If we are united in a common fear, we are united by something very weak…If we are united by conflict avoidance, we have false peace… If we are united by cynicism, be it bitter and crusty or cloaked in humour, we have a negative unity.”

 Preacher Mike with "The One Egg Special"


Keep posting your links, quotes, signs, and ideas here, on the Facebook page, and on Twitter (#RestoreUnity). Tomorrow morning look for a roundtable discussion featuring Phyllis Tickle, Scot McKnight, Kent Annan, Mary DeMuth, and more.

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