by Rachael K McNeal
Faith Line Protestants is in the process of doing some restructuring. It seems in the middle of our attending seminary, getting medical degrees, parenting children, working full-time jobs, pastoring churches, volunteering in our respective faith communities, living married life, preparing for married life (congrats to Greg who is now engaged),dealing with pregnancy, and so on – well it seems we’re all kind of busy. Unfortunately, all of these life things seem to keep us from consistently keeping original and relevant content up on the blog on a weekly basis. We’ve been testing the waters trying to figure out how to keep the blog going and we appreciate you bearing with us as we smooth out the wrinkles in this adventure we call “FLP.” Despite the challenges, one thing is for sure – we all think that what we’re writing about at FLP is important.
Please understand, I don’t tell you about all of our other commitments and the challenges we’re currently facing when it comes to running the blog in order to complain, or to make excuses for falling short of excellence when it comes to maintaining our content. No, I tell you all of this so that you understand – despite all of these other very important commitments we hold, we are committed to making Faith Line Protestants work. We are committed to continuing this conversation. It is worth adding a little extra chaos to our lives to make sure someone is discussing the issues related to being a Christian in a religiously diverse world.
The thing is, between having babies, getting medical degrees, attending seminary, working full-time, etc., we want to be sure that someone is engaging the question of how to engage a religiously diverse world as a Christian in a way that’s nuanced, personal, inquisitive, open and above all loving. How can we live as witnesses to Christ in this overwhelmingly diverse world in a way that’s honest? In a way that’s true to the Gospel? In a way that progresses God’s Kingdom? These are all questions we ask here and these are questions we want to keep asking. What is this beast called “interfaith”? How do we work together with people who believe different things than us to better our communities and world? We’re particularly interested in how we can hold an Evangelical Christian identity while engaging in interfaith dialogue and cooperation. Does “interfaith” conflict with the theologies of an Evangelical identity?
We want to have these conversations, and we want to have them here at Faith Line Protestants. So we are committed to making it work and we hope that you will help us.
Please join our conversation. We want to hear from you! Comment on our posts – let us know if you agree with us, or disagree with us. Share our posts – like us on Facebook (www.facebok.com/faithlineprotestants), follow us on Twitter (@FLProtestants), tell your friends about Faith Line Protestants. Let us know if we’ve struck a chord with you. We want to know how you’re engaging with this religiously diverse world as a Christian. Or, if you’re not a Christian – we still want to know your thoughts. Maybe you’re even interested in writing a guest post – email us and let us take a look. The more voices we add to the conversation the better.
Recently a few of us Faith Line Protestants folks were at the Interfaith Youth Core’s Alumni Gathering in Atlanta, Georgia. We were encouraged and energized by the support Faith Line Protestants received from colleagues in the Interfaith Movement – from Christians and non-Christians alike. This made us very excited and enthusiastic about the future of Faith Line Protestants, and we are very much looking forward to the new voices that will be added to the conversation.
“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body and we all belong to each other (Romans 12:4-5).” Faith Line Protestants has a special function. At least I think it does (and perhaps I’m biased). When Greg and Cameron (co-founders of Faith Line Protestants) asked me last February if I’d be interested in contributing to Faith Line Protestants (after I wrote this piece for Interfaith Youth Core) I jumped at the chance. I work full-time in Interfaith Work and as an Evangelical Christian that can be quite isolating. Isolating from my faith community because many within my various Christian circles don’t understand interfaith work or how it fits into my walk as a Christian; and isolating from others within the interfaith movement because sometimes it seems the Interfaith Movement is quite short on evangelicals. Faith Line Protestants provided me with a cohort of fellow evangelicals who are interested in achieving a religiously pluralistic society as a person who follows Christ. FLP has also given me a place to further explore and articulate my understanding of the world, my identity as a Christian, and how to engage with people of different religious and non-religious identities.
This is my motivation as I continue to help grow FLP, its readership and content. As the now editor of FLP, I am excited to see where we go from here. I’m looking forward to gaining more partnerships, reading more from current FLP contributors and authors, gaining more FLP contributors and authors, sharing some compelling guest blogs and hearing your thoughts. I hope you will look forward with me.