What now? How long? What’s next? As a country we are in our 8th month of this pandemic. We continue to protest/ explore/ address/ ignore our racial inequities. The west coast burns, and we round the alphabet on hurricane names in the gulf and Atlantic. Next month we will have a critical election for federal, state, and local leadership… and then there is the Supreme Court. There’s probably more, but suffice it to say, we have our hands more than full.
What does it mean to “be” church in the middle of all of this? It’s no wonder people yearn to get back into their church buildings and to return to “normal.” For many of us, these buildings represent a sense of belonging, beauty, safety, hope. These are places where we have experienced community and God’s love fleshed out. This is where many of us feel inspired and strengthened for the journey.
But here we are, and how are we as people of faith called to show up in this “now?” How do we look at our world in ways that help us move beyond reaction?[Read more…]