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Friday, 02 March 2012 17:50

From the Pastor

As we continue our journey in Lent, a time that invites introspection and preparation to participate in new life, we have been having various conversations about church: what it means to be church, how we organize ourselves, what our mission is. It’s been a rather serendipitous experience to have so many, seemingly random, conversations that continue to touch upon this theme.

One of the interesting connections that these conversations have with the season of Lent is that there is an implicit recognition of our humanity. It seems that we recognize that even though we want to be just and faithful, we know that we aren’t always. We aren’t always patient and kind. We don’t always practice justice. We don’t always walk with humility with God – knowing that God is God (and that we are not). That is part of the human condition. It seems to be part of our very DNA.

One of the blessings, then, in being part of a faith community is that we acknowledge this fact to be true. We may see it more easily in others than ourselves (unfortunately) but we do know that we are all human and that we all need to grow. We recognize as part of our own spiritual growth that we aren’t always good or compassionate. We can deny it, but that is foolish as well as arrogant. We can be resigned to it, but that is lazy and tends toward immaturity. But we can use our own failures to teach us humility and empathy. This humility invites us into grace. Feeling less judgment toward others, we are free to accept ourselves and to practice compassion.

What does this have to do with the conversations about “church?” We all come together, agreeing to walk with one another, to deepen our relationship to God and to increase our service to one another and to the rest of the world. The focus of Lent on reflection and introspection encourages us to affirm our desire to do good as well to embrace humility.

I am encouraged by the depth of awareness and the conversations that people are having as we continue to wrestle together with how we, the Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, will live out the radically, inclusive love of Jesus and how we will “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.”

Shalom,

Pastor Lynn

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