The Convergence movement is bringing together forward-thinking Catholics, Evangelicals, and Mainline Protestants, along with Ethnic and Peace Churches and other willing colleagues, in a growing, movement-building collaborative.
This movement connects people and organizations to solve great problems and participate in new opportunities, especially to heal the human spirit, to foster abundant life in community, to seek the common good, and to promote responsible living with the earth.
We, our children, and our grandchildren face an unprecedented convergence of global crises: global warming and environmental collapse, the danger of cataclysmic violence enhanced by weapons of mass destruction, the rise of unaccountable elites, and the growing gap between the ultra-rich and the multitudes.
Normally, religious communities would inspire and mobilize people to courageously face these challenges with faith, hope, and love. They would take the lead in promoting reconciliation with God, neighbor, enemy, and creation itself. But many of our religious communities are regressive in stance, fearful in spirit, divided and trapped in bureaucratic silos, and anxious about their own survival.
To face this unprecedented convergence of crises, we need a historic, grass-roots, bottom-to-top convergence of people of faith, coming together in a vital spiritual and social movement. While this convergence must bridge traditions through multi-religious partnerships, it must also build movements of spiritual vitality and solidarity within all major traditions.
As committed followers of Christ, we are seeking to build this Convergence Network among forward-leaning Christians in the United States.
The following is adapted from the Mesa Document, October 2013 (mesa-friends.org) and the Charter for Compassion.
Growing numbers of Christian leaders from many traditions - traditional Protestant, progressive Catholic, progressive Evangelical and Charismatic, and others - are coming to shared convictions that are both radical and exciting: the future of the church will not simply be a replication of the past, and it is time for vital, new expressions of just and generous Christian faith to emerge.
We have often felt marginalized and alone in these convictions. But when we voice them, we soon discover that we are not alone. Many others resonate with the restlessness we feel, and speak of ...
We agree with the Charter of Compassion, that “at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions” lies the principle of compassion, which calls us “always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.” Compassion “impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.” Compassion “is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity ... [and is] indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.” This emphasis on compassion, we believe, echoes Jesus’ one great commandment to love.
And so in that spirit, we affirm together these ten commitments:
In faith and hope, we raise our sails to be filled by the wind of the Spirit, so a just and generous Christian faith will thrive as never before in our world, to the glory of God and for the joyful freedom of all God’s creatures.
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