As the days grow cooler and the beauty of the fall
season unfolds before us, we are invited to consider the
various ways God calls us into the process of
transformation. Each day offers new opportunities for growth
and positive movement; and we are called to respond to those
opportunities wherever possible.
We have often heard
the phrase, "change is hard"; and I will agree that in many
instances the process of change and transformation may pose
challenges. However, when we attempt to avoid change
(especially necessary change) we remain stagnant. We don't
grow. We don't learn. We forfeit opportunities to gain
understanding about the people and the communities that we
are called to be in relationship with.
It might seem easier to avoid
any conversations or situations that would pose an emotional
or social challenge for us. It may feel more
comfortable to act as if certain things really
don't need to change. It may even seem more
beneficial for us to "just mind our own business"
and not involve ourselves in processes that would require
active engagement in a process of transformation.
It might seem easier....but most
likely the outcome will not be the most effective or the
most fruitful. God calls us to be active participants
in the processes of change and transformation so that we can
work collectively to make God's peace, love and justice a
lived reality in our world.
Change begins with us. Transformation begins with
us. The path toward peace and wellness in our communities
begins with our willingness to work toward the changes that
we desire to see. And during this fall season I invite you
to join me in a series of small group conversations that
will create a safe space where we can begin to consider the
ways in which God is calling us toward positive change -
specifically as it relates to the ways we are in
relationship with one another.
Our conversations will begin
on Thursday, October 13th at
6:30pm and we will spend time in conversation
about race relations in our communities. More information
about the specific format is included in our newsletter,
however our goal is to begin to name, discuss, pray about,
listen, learn and understand the various social issues that
are facing our communities and that call us to consider
where change and transformation are needed. We have entitled
this small group dialogue as "Bridging the
Gap: Building Bridges of Peace through Vital
I ask that you would pray with us and for us as we
move forward with this endeavor. Pray that God would give us
open hearts and open minds to hear and understand the voices
and feelings of our brothers and sisters. I also invited you
to join us on this journey toward change and transformation.
It may not be easy....but it is definitely worth