I was a member of the staff of the Ecumenical Institute in the 60's and 70's and worked with local churches in church renewal efforts. Much of the renewal emphasis was aimed at getting the church active in the world—to turn outward, turning its back on any injustice confronting the church at large. Today the issues would be gay marriage, abortion rights, civil rights. . . Also, today, we have the church predominately looking inward trying to save itself.
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