Anne Rice on why she is leaving the church:

“It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious,
and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.”

A colleague described a recent conversation with disaffected young adults. “What kind of church would draw you back in?”

“A church of compassion and tolerance. A church that is non-exclusive.”

The future of the Christian movement will depend upon it returning to Jesus’ radical ministry of inclusivity, commensality and compassion.