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Rachel Held Evans Quotes on Hope: 5 Memorable Statements From Christian Writer

By    |   Monday, 01 Jun 2015 10:06 AM

Christian writer Rachel Held Evans may take the church to task over issues that are important to her (like equal rights for the LGBT community), but she is nearly always full of hope for the future of religion.

Here are five quotes on hope from the 33-year-old author and blogger.:

1. “I do and I always will, I think. I get frustrated sometimes and I get angry and cynical, but I still believe that there are healing properties in breaking the bread of communion together, in baptism declaring that someone is a beloved child of God. I still think there is power in anointing the sick and acknowledging that suffering can be holy.” (Source: Religion Dispatches)

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2. “I used to think such a practice involved superstition and false hope, but that was before I learned the difference between curing and healing. We may not be able to cure what ails our friends and neighbors, but as Christians we are called to the work of healing — of entering into one another’s pain, anointing it as holy and sticking around no matter the outcome. An anointing is an acknowledgment. In a culture of cure-alls and quick fixes, the sacrament of anointing the suffering is a powerful, countercultural gift the church offers the world.” (Source: The Huffington Post)

3. “I’ve learned the hard way, it’s much easier to call for change than it is to make change happen. My generation in particular likes for things to happen immediately, in 140 characters or less, which is not really how lasting, significant reform happens.” (Source: Faith Street)

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4. “For people like me who are cynical, who feel jaded, and some who have been deeply wounded, is there still a role for church in our faith? That's a question that my whole generation is wrestling with, so this is my attempt to answer that question. And for me I do think there's hope and healing in church in spite of everything.” (Source: Christian Today)

5. “Resurrection stands for a lot of things — but for me, it stands for hope. As someone who doubts a lot, resurrection can often be reduced to believing certain things about what happened on that fateful Sunday morning. And if you don't believe that, you're in trouble. There are days that I don't believe that. But the resurrection is the hope that it's true. The hope that in spite of everything and all my frustrations with church, can we indulge the hope that God makes all things new, and that God can take all the things that we screw up and all the pain that we inflict on one another, can God take it and make it something beautiful? Can God take the worst case scenario and bring it back to life? The whole search for church for me is hoping in the midst of cynicism and despair. Hoping against hope that God can take this mess and make it something beautiful, and new and alive.” (Source: Christian Today)

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