As always we encourage our community to share their thoughts, feelings and reflections from our Sunday gatherings. After last nights service our good friend Elizabeth Shuba wrote down some thoughts and we thought we'd share them with you today...
"If I had define myself in a few words, I would say that I am a Pollyanna who isn't afraid to roll up her sleeves and get dirty. I believe that too often we allow our happiness to be shadowed by our own fear. Nothing sweeps fear out of the corners like shining the light right on it. It is only from this place that you can begin to search for truth. Maybe that search doesn't interest you. I won't judge you if that is the case, because this is hard work. Once you shine the light you have to make a choice. That choice leads to a million other choices and before you know it, you may find yourself well off script. Off the path you had supposed for yourself and that can be bone rattlingly scary. It can also make you feel alive in the truest sense of the word.
Tonight, I sat in a pew surrounded by my loving church community and I vibrated with life. I claim no responsibility for the service by I can't help claim ownership of The Other Church. In a time of fear and hatred these people, my people, meet the world with a plan. Together we will journey back through the ages of the church and again together will work through what parts of our faith history remain meaningful to us. We will measure what historical mechanisms can still serve us well and how others can be tweaked to serve our mission better.
You don't have to be a Pollyanna to join us. Curiosity, openness, and a willingness to roll up your sleeves are all that are required to walk along side us on this journey."