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This article is published in the January 1994 issue of The Journal.

From Problem to Mission

‘You may think that to be an interchurch family is a problem. We live it as an opportunity and a mission. We, interchurch families of Versailles-Le Chesnay, don’t think that our situation as interchurch families is a problem. We live it as an opportunity . .. We believe too that we have a mission – very humble, of course, but prophetic – to serve the unity of the church.’ Eric Lombard in "From Problem to Mission"

Problem
For a long time, being an interchurch family has been regarded as a problem to be resolved:
Problem of the wedding,
Problem of baptising the children,
Problem of Christian education,
Problem of children shuffled between two churches,
Problem of lack of communication between the couple,
Problem of lack of understanding of theological conflicts,
Problem of being separated on Sundays,
Problem of feeling excluded from the eucharist, Problem of not really belonging in the parishes.

In everything you have to choose, choose one church rather than the other; you have to negotiate.

Opportunity
But not at all! We, interchurch families of Versailles-Le Chesnay, don't think that our situation as interchurch families is a problem. We live it as an opportunity.
Opportunity for each of us to rediscover our own faith,
Opportunity to work out what is important in the customs and traditions of our own church,
Opportunity to move beyond prejudices,
Opportunity to live in faith beyond the routine of our own cenainties,
Opportunity to deepen our understanding of the Gospel,
Opportunity to be committed in parish activities: catechetics, preparation for baptism, commitment within parishes and dioceses,
Opportunity to grow more open, more tolerant,
Opportunity to see our children feeling at home in both churches,
Opportunity to hear one of our daughters say, "Mummy, when I marry, I want to be the opposite of my husband."

Mission
We believe too that we have a mission - very humble, of course, but prophetic to serve the unity of the church. Mission to encourage meetings between the local churches, Mission to remind the members of these churches of the practical points which unite us, Mission to go beyond the rules, for example in the field of eucharistic hospitality, Mission to help our churches forward on the road to unity.

This article is published in the January 1994 issue of The Journal.