So for this week I’m attending a gathering of the Cruxifusion group. This is a movement within the United Church of Canada seeks to support Christ centered leaders and lay people and hold Christ up as the head of the church, the focus of our faith.
I’m not new to the group, which has a great home on Facebook. I’ve been a part of the group for the last year. This, however is my first time attending the annual meeting of the organization, and to be honest it was only lately that I started sharing in the group on Facebook.
In truth, I wasn’t sure how to feel about the group in the beginning, when I first heard about it. I knew nothing about Cruxifusion other than what others had told me. Some said it was a supportive faith-filled group. Others said it was a staunch conservative group that would hold up harmful theology and exclude people based on sexuality among other things. So I avoided the group for a while. I avoided the group based on the negative perspective and didn’t give the positive perspective any merit, or not the merit it deserved.
A friend of mine who is a part of the group was persistent though, and eventually invited me to the Facebook group about a year ago. In the last year I have found the people in this group to be faithful, supportive, caring, and great to laugh with. What I’ve found to be true of the people in the Cruxifusion group is actually a truth that holds for the whole of the United Church of Canada. We are a diverse group of people with a spectrum of theology as wide as the national church. It would be impossible to say that the group is more “right” or “left” as a whole because we each bring a unique perspective to the focus of the group, which is Christ-centeredness.
It’s strange that confessing a Christ-centered theology automatically gets people thrown into a box, categorized as, “conservative” or “abusive in theology”. It’s strange because Christ was a radical seeking change in a world that was standing still. It’s strange because Christ had a mission of love, compassion, healing, and reconciliation. It’s strange, and yet it is.
I won’t suggest that similar confessing movements haven’t been abusive, oppressive, and exclusive. All I can say is that I have not found this group to be any of these.
I’m a Cruxer. And I’ve got the mug to prove it 😉