Magazine article Anglican Journal

Leonard Cohen Points a Way Forward for the Church

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Leonard Cohen Points a Way Forward for the Church

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THERE ARE 6,000 of us gathered in this sterile gray sports arena. We are mostly in our 50s. We are drawn here to listen to a 74-year-old singer who has been part of our lives for the past 30 years.

No one would say he is the greatest musician who has ever performed. Neither is he the most profound poet.

But as I sit in the darkened arena with his lyrics sounding in my heart, it seems to me that Leonard Cohen may be pointing a way forward for the church. He is not splashy or trendy.

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In his haunting anthem "Hallelujah," he announces, "I didn't come to Victoria to fool ya." And he is true to his word, gently pull ing back the bandages on our wounded souls.

Cohen's work acknowledges that life is complex and we have navigated life's winding ways imperfectly at best. He tells us that sometimes we have failed; sometimes we have lost our way and wandered astray. We have struggled. We have been guilty of sin, have tried to forgive and begged for forgiveness.

We have hurt one another, let each other down, betrayed those we love and failed to be true to our deepest convictions. …

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