Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of June 21, 2004
Watch for changes, says psychologist
Fellow graduate tells lay ministers they too shall reap benefits, rewards
By WCR Staff
"Journey away from the quest for certainty, toward the challenge of wrestling with tentativeness and remain faithful not only to old questions, but to new answers."
- Dr. Leo Klug
Klug suggested the formation program has significantly changed all the graduates. Some changes they can see immediately, while some remain unknown. But all changes will eventually be revealed to them.
"As you continue your journeys, I have a five-fold prayer for you," Klug offered. "Regarding ministry, continue to journey away from the varnished glitter of status, toward a clear focus on service. Regarding faith, journey away from the quest for certainty, toward the challenge of wrestling with tentativeness and remain faithful not only to old questions, but to new answers."
Regarding Scripture, he continued, graduates should journey away from literalism and into the wisdom of story. Resist the temptation to journey into yesterday. They should also venture away from the allure of definitive answers, toward the promises of consensual decision making and questioning. They should also honour the distinction between tradition and traditions.
"It's been said that tradition consists not so much in wearing your grandfather's hat, but in having faith."
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