Prayer

Oct. 11th, 2012 11:41 am
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So this is one of my periodic posts about prayer, or more accurately in this case a post about synagogues.

Yesterday we had a comparative religions class for which we had an outside speaker. Patrick it was very interesting hearing about his personal spiritual and religious journey. One thing that he said made an impression one me. He was quoting Arch-bishop Williams who said to a particularly liberal colleague that 'membership of the church is corrosive and the only reason to remain a member is if it brings you closer to God'.

My first thought was can this be applied to Judaism? Would the statement. 'Membership of a synagogue (and or community?) is corrosive and the only reason for remaining a member is if it makes connecting with God easier' be true? And if the answer to this question is either yes or even partly yes. Then the follow up question is does it? Does belonging to a synagogue make forming a relationship with God easier or make that relationship better?

Both of this are interesting and challenging questions. Food for thought.
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