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Man Movement Machine Monument

Earlier this week, I was attending a meeting in Washington D.C. at the Church of the Savior, of a small group of Episcopal clergy who are working on ways to recover ancient spiritual disciplines, or practices for every day, modern use.
I'll be saying more about that work in other messages, but what I want to share today is something I heard from one of the people we met with, an observation he got from the writer Richard Rohr.
Rohr points out the "Four M's" that happen over time to churches (and other organizations, for that matter), a pattern or cycle that goes something like this (the "m's" are Rohr's; the examples are mine) --
1) a Man or woman starts something...a leader or a pioneer sees or starts a different way of doing things. You can think Martin Luther (Lutheranism) or Steve Jobs (Apple) or of course Jesus (Christianity), but you can also think smaller: someone in your extended family, or a work colleague of yours.
If the man or wo…