The Most Reverend Krister Stendahl is credited with creating Stendahl’s three rules of religious understanding, which he presented in a 1985 press conference in Stockholm, Sweden, in response to vocal opposition to the building of a temple there by The Mormon Church. His rules are as follows:
- When you are trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion and not its enemies.
- Don’t compare your best to their worst.
- Leave room for “holy envy.” (By this Stendahl meant that you should be willing to recognize elements in the other religious tradition or faith that you admire and wish could, in some way, be reflected in your own religious tradition or faith.
Church of England leaders called on the Government to initiate a “full independent review” into the impact of benefit sanctions.
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“Let us depart from this place in peace, and as we go on our way, forget not the poor, pray for the sick, make no peace with oppression, and love one another as Jesus has loved us. And the Blessing of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be upon you and upon all God’s people this day and forevermore. Amen.”
The (Late) Right Reverend Furman (Bill) Stough, Eighth Bishop of Alabama
Note: I was ordained Deacon & Priest by that good man. He was an evangelist at heart. He taught me about being a man, especially a man of God. I miss him regularly. Rest in Peace, Your Grace. I will see you in due season, a source of joy to me.