Many people talk about the importance of being in spiritual community. Many of our congregational efforts are designed to help us know others, be known and grow in intimacy. So often we benefit when we open up to each other with vulnerability and trust. However, it is also important to keep boundaries and time for ourselves. Good fences make good neighbors. Most of us benefit from shutting off our cell phones, smart phones, and email when we need to unplug.
Immigration is one of the most important, complex, and emotional issues of our time. There are great challenges, of course, but there are also great opportunities. How will we respond? What kind of people are we? And who is “we”?
The Latin root for the word faith is credo. Credo has two elements: belief and dedication. In our public discourse we usually just talk about the first. Do you believe in God, peace, love and hope? The second part of faith gets less attention. What are you dedicated to in the living of your life? As imperfect people we often find a gap between our cherished principles and our actions. How do we close the gap?
Come feel the energy of this six-piece Dixieland jazz group. In the New Orleans tradition, we will have a wake for the Old Year, lay down our burdens and lift our possibilities for the New Year. The spirit will be alive with great music including “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.” The spiritual theme of the month is Living Faith, how do we more fully live out our faith in the New Year?!?