Friday, June 01, 2007

Frederick Buechner (an ordained Presbyterian minister) on church

"I say the best thing that could happen to your church is for it to burn down and for all your fax and e-mail machines to be burned up, and for the minister to be run over by a truck so that you have nothing left except each other and God. And then I say if you want to know what the original church was like, go to an AA meeting where all they have is each other and God, and they say to each other: 'We cannot live whole lives without each other and a higher power.'"

Another similar quote:

"One wonders what will become of the church. Certain branches of it are growing, but in so many parts of the world it's dying, and maybe that's just as well. Maybe it's had its day, and God will never die; God will always make himself known one way or the other -- maybe not in the church at all, but who knows how? I've often said in churches [that] the best thing that could happen is if the church burned down and all the computers were lost and all the bulletins were blown away by the wind, and the minister was run over by a truck, and you've got nothing left except each other and God. That would be the best thing that could happen to you, because that's where it all began, and that's what it's all about. All the rest is window dressing; it is trappings, it is words, words, words, words, words, words, words, which after time become just babble -- God babble."

3 comments:

Rishi said...

Amen.

jeff said...

Great quotes, Adam. Thanks. Did you know that it's againt AA policy to own a building?

Winky said...

... and to publicly mention that you are an AA.

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