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This is part of a series of posts based on the Churches Together in England publication one light: one world. If you click on the link you will find the biblical texts. This post of the same name covers the purpose of this series.
1 Corinthians 14: 31 - 33
This passage tells us we are indeed different and so need to organise ourselves accordingly. If we prophesy one by one, then we will hear something new, we will learn and be encouraged by the breadth of faith expressed.
Peace is not a result of uniformity but of a disciplined approach to faith. Our call is to learn to listen to others and in turn share our own experience of God.
Much talk of unity ignores the impossibility of knowing God fully. No one tradition can possibly embrace all there is to know of faith. Indeed, if we put every tradition's understanding of God together we would still not know God.
The task is to perceive God in the here and now. To do this we can pool our experience. We need to do this in a disciplined and so peaceful way.