“If the nature of love is unity and evolution is process toward greater unity, then sin is resistance to unity. It is the refusal to participate in the web of life...the refusal to change and grow. It describes the personal history of one who was created for communion and refuses it. Sin is the refusal to accept responsibility for those to whom we are connected. Sin is the refusal to be a person of true relationship, which results in a broken human community and in abandonment of the natural world. The desire to overcome sin is the desire to overcome all obstacles that stand in the way of the accomplishment of God’s creative aim, which is the fullest possible sharing of life and love between God and creation.” -- Ilia Delio, The Emergent Christ pp 57
It is our belief that we who enter into relationship with Christ the Risen One, die to sin. Christ is the one who heals all wounds and rights the balance of relationship throughout all the created world. We have a responsibility to respond to this generous gift of God with love and to let God grow love in us for the sake of salvation, not for our own gain or credit, but for the greater good of all creation. When we let the love of God thrum throughout our whole being we can break through the fetters of all that would hold us prisoners of our sinful human condition. We are undeserving of this gift and yet it is ours. The humility that comes with accepting this reality is what prompts us to promise to love without condition, to give up all we might be tempted to call our own, and to listen to the groans of a world still enslaved in order to participate in the redemption happening right now in our midst.