“You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.”
Ephesians 4:4-6 (The Message)
“Saints cannot exist without a community, as they require, like all of us, nurturance by a people who, while often unfaithful, preserve the habits necessary to learn the story of God.”
―Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University
One of the many things on my heart these days is how it is we fit in the larger story. Not only do we fit with one another, despite being drawn together from a variety of places in this world, but we fit into a story that both precedes us and will go beyond us.
The power of story is at the heart of this work to which we are called. Our faith tells us that we are woven into the story that God has been writing with humankind since long before us and will continue to be writing long after us. And we know that we are, therefore, woven together with all of humankind. Our call is both to find our own place in this Divine love story and be at work in sharing it with others. We have experienced and know that the loving kindness of human beings reveals the loving kindness of God.
I suspect that part of the task of being the church in this or any community is to recognize and hold to the fact that we are threads in this overall tapestry of Divine weaving. By adding this work of loving kindness, by our willingness to be bound with one another, we strengthen the community in which we exist.
We are a community of people learning about faith, learning about story, learning about God’s covenant to love and care for humankind. We make mistakes, we are not perfect, we experience doubt, we have questions. We consistently work to embrace our awkwardness, take risks and lean into uncomfortable vulnerability. The art of being God’s people as the church today is about staying in the conversation both with God and with one another, even when it challenges the ways in which we want to self-protect.
Our commitment is to holding safe space for questions and doubts, for joy and sorrow, for laughter and tears. And our commitment is to stay in the conversation with God, making space for God’s loving kindness to be revealed. We welcome you to join in the conversation with us…just as you are.
Grace and Peace,
Questions?? Email Leigh – firstname.lastname@example.org