The Importance of Shared Relationships

From Rachel Held Evans:

One of the most destructive mistakes we Christians make is to prioritize shared beliefs over shared relationship, which is deeply ironic considering we worship a God who would rather die than lose relationship with us. — Rachel Held Evans 1

The above quote reminds me of Abilene First United Methodist Church, where I’ve witnessed deep, profound relationships across diverse sets of beliefs. We are not unified by a set of identical beliefs, we’re unified by our love for God and each other.

1 “My Parents,” Rachel Held Evans, accessed April 19, 2017,