Glyn Cardy writes in the Guardian
Archbishop Helder Camara once wrote: “Pilgrim: when your ship, long moored in harbour, gives you the illusion of being a house; when your ship begins to put down roots in the stagnant water by the quay: put out to sea! Save your boat’s journeying soul, and your own pilgrim soul, cost what it may.”
Yet the biggest difference between the two models of church and God is risk. The house, even an open house, speaks of security, stability and safety. The occupants know where they are, what to expect, and even whom they might meet at the door. The ship, on the other hand, is heading out into unknown waters. The familiar towns and headlands are no longer there. The good old ways become more irrelevant day by day. God, faith and community have or will change.