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E. Stanley Jones: Unity and Diversity

E. Stanley Jones was what someone called, "one of the most influential missionaries in the early part of 20th Century. His most notable book was The Christ of the Indian Road. Jones was well known and very respected ecumenically for his work in India, developing "round table discussions" with Muslims, Hindus and to whomever the Lord would lead to him. He was a close friend of Ghandi, whose families remain in touch to this day. Jones made a significant on Ghandi in his understanding about the nature of civil disobedience, which, of course, Martin Luther King, Jr. embraced in The Civil Rights Movement that, in a way, is applicable, in general, in dealing with any interpersonal conflict. And the word "civil" by itself was just brought to my mind in commenting on this current posting.

I know some of you are familiar with an "ashram." In ancient India, this was a part of Hindu religious life, where people, peridocially, would make retreat out in the woods for reflection and meditation under the leadership of a rajguru, which literally means "royal teacher." This was a time a part, a time when people removed themselves from the hustle and bustle of life to focus on their interior life. This provides another example in a previous posting I made entitled "All Truth is God's Truth." Jones utilized the ashram of the Hindus and developed the Christian Ashram, after which many retreats today are still modeled, under the Royal Teacher Himself, of whom Jesus said "... when He, the Spirit of truth, comes," He will guide you into all truth." (John 16:13)

This web site could be characterized as an ashram, a time apart, a fellowship of people, exploring the deeper levels of the interior life. In the midst of our purpose for belonging to this group, meditate on the perspective Jones has left us on how to handle the unity and diversity that we share: "Here we enter into a fellowship. Sometimes, we will agree to differ; always resolve to love, and unite to serve."

Peace among then thorns,