In ‘Transforming Congregational Culture’ Anthony Robinson continues to raise other uncomfortable issues about the changing environment in which we live. Across the last two generations Robinson would suggest that ‘the problems people faced and sensed were deeper and darker than those that could be addressed by a civic faith that was strong on obligation and good works.’ The events of the last 50 years (civil rights, Vietnam, assassinations, 9/11, rise of drug usage, etc.) have created an atmosphere in which a stronger foundation of faith is crucial yet it is severely lacking.
So what does it mean to ‘re-claim’ faith in a time when people are increasingly tugged in different directions? What is the role of the faith community in re-examining the assumptions and underpinnings of Christian faith formation? -David Oyler