The Non-Subscribing Church of What’s Happening Now

Flip Wilson had a comedy routine built around “The Reverend Leroy and The Church of What’s Happening Now.” With “Non-Subscribing” attached to the name of his church, the new incarnation captures perfectly the essence, scope and calling of every church since the invention of churches–to exist beyond theology and doctrine, dogma and creed, catechisms and systems of belief as the servant people of what’s happening now.

Jesus said “The Spirit is like the wind that blows where it will,” which implies that not even the Spirit of God knows what it is going to do next–and the people of that Spirit have no business codifying and systematizing commandments, rules and organizing principles governing the manner in which they are to go about their way of life and being in the world.

Jesus responded spontaneously to each situation as it arose. The woman taken in adultery, the question from the lawyer about “Who is my neighbor,” the crowd asking for a sign… Jesus did not had out tracts, or ask people to memorize the books of the Bible in order, or give them catechisms, or tomes of doctrine to study and re-study, or think he could do something with three hymns, five prayers (Petition, Intercession, Confession, Praise and Thanksgiving) an offering and a sermon that tells the people what they have heard from preachers since the beginning of organized religion.

Jesus said, “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?” and called each person to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” He expected people to be open to the moment of their living, and to do there what was called for moment by moment, in each situation as it arises, with the gifts of their original nature as their tools to work with in the day-to-day events of their life.

Jesus, and the Buddha, and everyone who has known since the beginning of knowing have understood the essential nature of the importance of doing what needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, when it needs to be done–and doing it with integrity, sincerity and spontaneity–and letting that be that.

Which, of course, is called “living in accord with the Tao.” And it is never more difficult, or more important, than that.

The Non-Subscribing Church of What’s Happening Now is the only church there needs to be, and the church all churches need to be. This page is a collection of supporting posts for becoming that kind of church in the daily happenings of our own life throughout the time left for living.

I am glad you have found your way this far. You can trust yourself to find your way all the way the rest of the way. “You are all you got. You are all you need.” And the ideal community consists of individuals just like you who are finding their way alone together.

Welcome to The Non-Subscribing Church of What’s Happening Now!

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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