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The Church as an Oasis
Perhaps the basic benefit of framing Church as an oasis is how it encourages us to see the reality that the Church is made up of the people. ‘The Church’ is almost always used to refer to an institution in Irish discourse. But the Church is made up of all the baptized. The Church as an oasis is a Church where the ordinary members (joined by the leaders and the ordained) are busy tending to the task of cultivation. The care of the small patch of green that the Church represents is not specialized and reserved for people with advanced degrees. We are much more excited (as people with advanced degrees) by a community where the expectation is that everyone comes with gifts to share.
Excerpted from The Parish as Oasis: An Introduction to practical Environmental Care by Kevin Hargaden and Ciara Murphy (p.12)
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