How many voices call out for our attention? How often does God call out for out attention before we respond like Samuel, with “Hineni, here I am, Lord. Speak, for your servant is listening.
The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before they left behind the chains of the past and were shaped into a new kind of people, is it going to take us that long?
We have been listening and discerning for two years now… wondering what kind of future God is calling us into. Are we confident enough to trust God and let God lead us? Will we trust in our relationship with God and one another?
Why even bother bringing a bag along if you are going to leave it ON the trail?
The church universal often has the most heated disagreements about three things: gender, sexuality and outsiders.
I believe that the biggest crisis of the United Church is not dwindling congregations, it’s not buildings that are too big for our present needs, it’s not a lack of resources, it’s a lack of ability or willingness to tell the story of Jesus in a way that is engaging and inviting. It’s a lack of conviction that our faith matters to those outside our walls.
Will we recognize Jesus?
Many years ago, when I was in ministry just across the harbour in the north end of Halifax, I was invited to the groundbreaking ceremony of the L’Arche Community that was being built just a couple of blocks from United Memorial, the church I was serving. For those of you who may not be familiar…
Sometimes we think our stories are set and unchangeable, but like playdough, we have the opportunity to reshape and reimagine what our story might be in the future.
The church is broken and beautiful. We are broken and beautiful. But like the leper, we can reach out to Jesus. And Jesus will touch us and heal us. We are treasured by God, broken and beautiful.