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A Story of Ecumenical Understandings: Promoting Unity
A rabbi, a minister and a priest went into a bar . . . That's the start of many a joke, but here is a real account, with a few chuckles. It was in the late 1930s and the three men, a rabbi, minister and a priest traveled the USA doing radio shows, sharing the commonality of their faith.
They got to know each other so well, they often took each other's part, the rabbi fielding questions meant for the priest, and the priest fielding questions meant for the minister, etc. They loved this camaraderie, this sense of unity and the fun they had together.
News of their story reached the White House. Eleanor Roosevelt welcomed the three to a lunch in their honor, one of which was my father-in-law, the Reverend Dr. George W. Hill.
Unity is vision; it must have been part of the process of learning to see. – Henry Adams
Learning to See . . .
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. ------Matthew 7:1-5