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  •  Moravians (5+ / 0-)

    While researching the tiny rural WI Moravian church that grandmother attended as a child, I learned how welcoming the Unitas Fratrum could be.  Even in the mid-19th century, they offered the rites of the church to anyone of any religious persuasion who came before them.  

    From the records, it appears that they felt that anyone who wanted church rites badly enough to ask deserved a church that would offer the rites without judgment or required conversion.  

    Imagine if we had other institutions that offered their services with such an open welcome to those who asked for help.

    •  I grew up in this church. So I naively thought (3+ / 0-)

      every church was like this. I assumed that this was 'How America Was.' That this was 'How Christianity Was.'

      silly me. but lucky me.

      btw, they predated Martin Luther by over a hundred years.

      some committed people in light of that and how 'heretics' were treated for centuries to come.

      a little ahead of their time. LOL.
      still are.

      maybe someday the world will catch up.

      yesterday gave me some hope. it IS catching up.
      slowly but surely...

      Hope and Change?

      working out just fine Sister Sarah.

      no man is completely worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

      by srfRantz on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:31:19 AM PST

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      •  Yes, that 'treatment of heretics' meme (0+ / 0-)

        has got to go.

        One of my main theses is moderation v extremism -- commented on it elsewhere today:

        Moderation is fundamental. (Persistent) Extremism is just plain mental.
        Maybe religions and "-ologies" need to "benchmark" each other to make any progress.

        United We Understand — e MMT unum

        by dorkenergy on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:09:44 PM PST

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