Clergy in this new world are not Bible experts or people that know God in perfect ways. Instead clergy are to be the people who can tell stories, engage the imagination, ask us to think beyond ourselves, to help us engage the divine mystery. These are the people the church must now train, not the preservers of scripture, but the “mid-wives of culture”(1) to whom we will look to help us dream a new world. That is why the message of Christ creating a new kingdom on earth is a great image for Christianity to embrace, and I encourage other faiths to look to what images they will use to embrace this new change.
1-Dr. Vincent Harding in a lecture to “Christianity in the Modern World” Iliff School of Theology Fall 2008