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Meeting together is another vital ingredient of CRC. Many members belong to congregations that are closed to new thinking; others are thoughtful enquirers without affiliation to any religious institution; others still have all but given up on God. What we share in common is that we value the company of like-minded people and the opportunity to explore faith honestly and openly. Woven into each programme is time for sharing stories and forging friendships.
Radical is a word readily misunderstood, especially within religious circles. Fundamentalist extremism is certainly not what is intended! We understand radical in the light of its Latin derivation, ‘rooted’. In our case, rooted in the person of Jesus of Nazareth – not doctrines about him, but the authority of his humanity: his wisdom and vision; his passion for justice and inclusive compassion; his grounding of spirituality within the earthiness of existence; his capacity for affirming life and engendering a fuller, more profound quality of human being in others.
Christianity is an umbrella term. To be clear, CRC is neither ‘establishment’ nor seeks to promote a party line. But equally, we belong to a living tradition reaching back to Jesus, which has given birth to a wide range of creative interpretations and insights. Within this inheritance, CRC seeks to engage critically yet constructively with forbears and contemporaries alike in order to foster expressions of faith that are able to engage with the challenges and opportunities of our time.