Maundy Thursday is the day Christians remember Jesus gathered with the disciples in an upper room where he washed their feet and shared a meal with them the night before his trial and crucifixion. It’s a time of humility and reflection as well.
To all the LGBTQ United Methodists going to church this morning after the events in St. Louis know you have my prayers and support today and beyond. Fight the power!
Today I was elected by my fellow parishioners at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to serve on the Vestry class of 2019. The Vestry is the servant/leadership body of the local parish. I would like to thank all my fellow parishioners for their faith and confidence in me to serve/lead in our terrific church. I am excited to be elected/chosen and to serve with Cassandra Lynch, Kim Kilgore and Anne Kearney Spratt who were also elected today. Thanks to Fr. Quinn Parman for his continued leadership as our Priest/Rector.
Tonight I went to a gathering of folks who once belonged to the same church. We all have a shared experience in that place where we once worshiped and had fellowship. Church is a place of spiritual expression and faith so when one must leave a place of worship there are reasons why and that sometimes you have to change. I have done this more than on one occasion in my life and its never easy.
Sometimes you leave because of theological or philosophical reasons, those are tough. Leaving means you have to relocate because of life’s calling to live and work in another community. Some churches will hold homecoming observances that brings former members back for a special worship service. I haven’t been to one in quite some time. Reuniting is good when there is friendship and camaraderie outside the walls of the church house. In tonight’s gathering there was good food, conversation and more.
Leaving means finding yourself in a place where you can find yourself.
Jesus came into the world to give us a life built on hope, love, grace, peace, mercy, inclusion, generosity. Those are the qualities I hope to reflect. From that perspective hatred, divide, exclusion, fear, greed, violence and injustice are not holy and not things he found favor in. To me our world needs an abundance of the good wile setting aside the bad. Raise up community and to bring people together. Anything less is not accepable. Everyone needs the feeling of being in a place where they feel
A selfie with the Episcopal Bishop of East Tennessee Rt. Rev. Brian Cole. He is a cool guy who does a good service.
I hear some folks say as long as they have God/Creator they don’t need community or church or anything like that. I am here to say God/Creator has put people in your lives to go through the journey with. No one is an island and you need to be in a place where you can get support and care. Having a place where you can find spiritual roots can only help you grow. Yes you can encounter the divine in nature but the challenge is to encounter it on a city street or in traffic. Doing faith alone is a true challenge but doing with people who might be a little annoying can be a greater experience that will help you get through all seasons of ones life.