Welcome back, welcome home, dear ones.
Whether your summer seemed too long, too short, or just right, you have a place here waiting. And it’s pretty special.
Here, in this unfolding year, we have the chance to live our faith intentionally, engaging in its spiritual practice as together we listen deeply, laugh freely, wonder often, think reflectively, breathe deeply, err occasionally, learn continuously. At least we will try. And when we miss the mark we will learn from it and we will grow.
It is an ambitious intention, and extremely exciting. In this, the second of our two interim years, we will take full advantage of the window of opportunity to experiment, to learn, to try to do church a little differently, so that we might at the end of our time, know ourselves, each other and the world we inhabit a little more meaningfully, and be ever more at home in our increasingly diverse environment.
We embark on a journey together, as we explore diversity through the lenses of ability, age, race, power and privilege, money and gender. All of us, children, families, singles, adults, elders, by learning together, can feel the awe and wonder of our humanity and the interdependent web of life of which we are a part.
We are working in teams so that there can be a way and a place for everyone to participate in whatever way works for you. Do read the information that will be flowing freely from the Transition Teams Collaborative. So many ideas are being generated, each sparking another, and you can be a part of that.
Pretty cool! And profoundly spiritual.
Welcome back to church, dear ones.
I’ve missed you.