High River United Church of High River, Alberta

Knowing God through Diversity

How do you know God? What does it mean to know God? sense of knowing or experiencing God comes with a deep sense of peace and of being enfolded in love. It is often a fleeting, transcendent moment of feeling that we are part of something greater than ourselves. While an experience of God may nudge or challenge us to a new way of thinking or being, God’s presence always comes with love and with reassurance and will never leave us feeling afraid and alone.


Knowing God through Diversity

Jesus broke social norms. The biggest complaint about him was that he ate with tax-collectors and sinners (that is women, Samaritans, lepers, etc.) Jesus saw everyone as a child of God and treated them with dignity, engaging with people that others avoided.  


In Genesis 1, it declares that we are all made in the image of God. Yet, the Christian church has too often decided that some people are more the image of God than others, judging and excluding people based on skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, abilities (or perceived disabilities), weight, age, faith group and other ways.   This is not the Way of Jesus. This is not how God views the world.


Genetic studies show that people of different ethic groups and skin colour have very little difference in their DNA. In other species of animals, the DNA differences between members of the same species is much greater. Yet human beings have made much of these very slight variations within the human species, relegating women, those of colour (Black, Asian, Indigenous, etc.), and those of certain faith or ethnic groups to lower paying positions with less chance of promotion.


Yet God is known in the diversity of human beings, in the wonderful variety. What biases and assumptions might be keeping you from knowing God through the diversity of other people?


With love & blessings,

Rev. Susan & Rev. David

High River United Church



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