UCC is committed to the principle of Open (today’s blog) and Affirming (yesterday’s)
We all have heard the expression that a closed mind is like closed umbrella good for nothing or some variety of that……
Openness is the new down right upright.
It is akin to Oneness. With the multiplicity of humanity in its various tribes and nations (by the way all of whom are present at the White Robe Gathering in Revelation) we must assume that the God who created such diversity of peoples, natures, seas, and skies,
was not a “One Way Thinking” God but a God of Multiplicity of thoughts and ideas in a universe of diversity of forms and structures within which there is essential freedoms to be and mutate at will not as an offense to the creator but as a statement of the nature of the Creator God. Being open to various and varied forms of innovation, invention, interventions creates an open door and comes form an open heart. Have you ever had a door slammed in your face, or an idea or opinion slammed intellectually or insensitively. The God who created a world of freedom of choice, of the will and of the mind did not have “one way” thinking a part of his or her or their nature but on the contrary.. The multiplicity of working parts in the body, more specifically the multiplicity of the brain tell us clearly form the creator that “Open Minds and Hearts are part of the Attribution to God”. Perhaps even more that some items we attribute to God then use to online humanity or define right and wrong. How deplorable destructive or at least unhealthy a “closed mind and heart” can be. Attributing Holiness, Omniscience, Omnipotence, and Omni presence with attributing Affirmation and Openness is contraindicated and perpetuates the myth of the creator being exclusive, egoistic, and elitist. Affirming and Openness creates the very vehicle to evil existing as an allowable choice and offering strength of and structure for good choices given that affirming and openness rather than the reverse.
This is at least a key reason why the terms Open and Affirming are connected in the expression of affirming all peoples and their choices and request of all people respect and openness to those vary variations and verities.
Open Heartedness and Open Mindedness are not about liberality or literally interpreting anything or any narrative. Open means we are open to the extravagant, efficacious, extensive and expansive nature of God’s love and endorsement of humanity and all of its parts differentiations and diversity in around and through those parts. Like the human body is made up of many parts though one body so the church and the world are inclusively made up of a multiplicity of parts the need maturity of an open mind and heart to not debate who is wrong or right but to be open to the multiplicity of diversity and the formation and openness that the “Make of heaven and Earth obviously not only had in mind but was an expression of his/her/their being.
So in the spirit on “being One as the father and Son are One let us open all the windows of possibilities without prejudice and the doors of diversity without bias” and see the greater things that we can do when we reflect the attributions of image rather the the confinements of humanity.
As Iraneaus once said, “Only to be fully human such is the Glory of God”