In his booklet, What is an Anabaptist Christian?, Palmer Becker claims that our tradition’s second core value is “Community is the centre of our life.” (First core value is “Jesus is the centre of our faith”.)
According to Palmer, this means that “forgiveness is essential for community, the scriptures are interpreted in community, and community is experienced in face-to-face groups.”
Of course, when Palmer and the Anabaptists talk about “community,” they have in mind the church. How do we understand church? Is it something that we “attend?” Or is it something that we “are?”
This Sunday we will reflect on the church as a community in which the diversity that members bring, if valued and utilized, can be a source of encouragement and a guide for faithfulness.