United Church relevant for today

Re: Are irrelevant religious teachings causing a growing crisis of faith (Letters, Oct. 17)

Re: Are irrelevant religious teachings causing a growing crisis of faith (Letters,  Oct. 17)

I must assume that Jim Skinner has not been inside a local United Church for some years.

Firstly we no longer believe that God is a supernatural being. Teaching that wealth has to be given away and that it is a barrier to faith is nonsensical. He is taking the passage way out of context.

The quotes he referred to are no longer understood as directives from God. They were a way of speaking to the people in Roman times within a Roman Empire.

The teachings in today’s United Churches are based on the lifestyle of a man called Jesus and are more than relevant for today’s world.

We are taught tolerance, compassion, generosity of spirit, inclusiveness and to strive for justice for our fellow being. What great teachings.

Valerie Bauld





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