From the Pastor
Even during the hot summer months, the church is at work. Even across regional boundaries and international borders, the church is at work. Even in different languages, the church is at work.
My experience at the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly has me reeling with energy (but also lingering exhaustion—I have a carry-on bag that still isn’t unpacked). AND things are enlivening here, in Greensboro. My friends Shannon and Baylee have highlighted the assembly (read their reflections on pages 3 and 6.)
In our denomination we are affirming the calls and gifts of all people. We are imagining how to be more inclusive, how to bridge racial and political divides, how to grow as people of God in order to share God’s love with all the world.
In Greensboro we are showering expectant parents with love. We are gathering school supplies for our children—our children to whom we’re not related but with whom we live in community (see page 4.)
During one workshop I was given seven question cards: who, what, when, where, why, how, and how much. I was tasked with prioritizing those questions as it relates to the work I do. How would you prioritize those questions related to the work you do? Is the “how much” most important? Whether it’s how much you work or how much money you make? Is it the “what” you do that’s most important? Perhaps “why” you do it?
I interpreted my task differently than my peers. In some sense, I organized the cards in the form of my own mission statement:
Because God first loved us,
We love each other.
With God’s help and grace.
Praying for renewed energy for you, in your work and in your life.