The Living Church: “Deliberately choose to love one another.”

The Living Church is a well-respected source for Anglican inspiration. “Chose Unity,” excerpted below, is a recent essay highling the combination of joy and concern that motivated the Rev. Callan Slipper, a Church of England priest and author of Five Steps to Living Christian Unity, due in September from New City Press. After you read “Choose Unity,” check out some of the other wonderful offerings from The Living Church.

Here’s an excerpt from “Choose Unity“:

Slipper prescribes a path in which Christians discern the need for visible unity and presume God-given unity as a starting point rather than a distant goal.

“Deliberately choose to love one another,” Slipper writes in Five Steps. “That deliberate choice makes the difference. It brings about a completely new state of affairs. We no longer solve the problems in order to become united, we are united in order to solve the problems.” […] The journey together is its own reward, he suggests, because it captures Jesus’ prayer that “That they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one” (John 17:22-23).

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