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Pushing Outside of our Comfort Zones

Updated: Jul 6, 2022

“God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble.” - Psalm 46:1

Sometimes it's hard to know how to begin. Tackling a difficult topic, juggling multiple tasks at a time - challenges like these often make it even tougher to cross that starting line. Once we manage to get going, momentum usually helps us find our way. I experience this regularly as I craft my sermons and write these articles; this particular endeavor was no exception. I wanted to recognize and honor the diversity of our community, for I believe it is central to who we are as a church. At the same time, I believe that we need to find some balance on contentious topics. Now, I feel called to speak plainly, trusting that the unitive power of the Holy Spirit will keep us together as we find our way. The precedent of Roe v. Wade has been in place my entire life. I have heard it referenced countless times and in various capacities. Until recently, I would not have anticipated that the case would be overturned as it protected a fundamental right to health care. It is a complicated issue, to say the least. I am grateful to be part of a church that has a deliberate history regarding the controversy, much of which can be accessed HERE. In addition, I recommend reading “The Statement on Supreme Court Dobbs decision” by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry if you haven’t already. Part of the general concern is that this event will mark the beginning of an era characterized by other dramatic changes in the Supreme Court. The growing disparity between public opinion and the actions of the courts and other lawmakers will not be easily reconciled. At times like this, our participation in public life becomes even more essential. We must find ways to engage in meaningful conversations with others, both to learn from them and to be heard as we seek a path toward a better future. It will require effort, and it may push us out of our comfort zones. Regardless, it is time for us to begin. Blessings,

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