Challenge of Tradition

“We are now challenged by traditions from around the world that accent dimensions of Christian understanding that grow out of the sufferings and victories of the downtrodden.”  Too often tradition is seen as the history of European and American Christians, rather than the diverse flowering of many different expressions of Christianity.  The larger understanding of tradition suggests that particular traditions represent African, Latin American, and Asian traditions must be included as well.  (from United Methodist Doctrine by Scott J. Jones p 139).

In this larger understanding of tradition what specific and particular traditions do you bring to your practice of Christian faith?  How have these traditions informed the way you root your life in Grace?  How might you share more about those traditions that have come to be important to you and those you love?

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