Dear Members and Friends,
We are in the midst of challenging and unsettling times. Not only have these last years been divisive and exhausting, but just in this last week, we have seen the immediate, deadly consequences of hate and division. We are being called to community. We are being called to action. We are being called to be a source of strength: for each other, all who are vulnerable, and this fragile world. Acknowledging much that is the cause of anguish and anger, we believe we are called to look for strength and life beyond human institutions. Jesus calls us to reach beyond divisions and divisiveness toward a reign of justice and peace. Even so, we are also called to be active citizens in this world. That can be challenging.
Many have looked to the upcoming mid-term elections as a place to put great hope, or a place where we have focused our deep fears. In these days, it is easy to vacillate between hope and despair. We hope for leaders who are helpful, for clear direction and possibility, and for a bright present and future. We also know this is a time when fears can grow. Recognizing the impact of choices made by our government in our own lives and in the wider world, we urge all who are able to vote to exercise that right, and defend it for others. We also know that there are those in this country who do not have that right, and who must look to people of good will to remember them while voting.
In such a time as this, it is good to be reminded of a greater hope and love which holds us all. In our community and country, we see much that calls for compassion and connection: opportunities for us to express our gratitude and hope. We will continue to work faithfully for God’s reign of love and justice. Whatever the outcome of the election next week, we will continue to hold this congregation, our country, and our world in prayer. We will continue to remind ourselves that “the world is now too small for anything but truth and too dangerous for anything but love.” Those reminders carry us beyond any particular election, any specific action, into a way of life grounded in love.
On the day following the election — Wednesday, November 7, at 7pm — the church will host a gathering in the chapel. This will be a time to be together, regardless of the election outcome or other secular realities. It will be a time for prayer, and for rededication to the deep hope in God which holds us. You are welcome here.
Catherine Foote, Pastor
Amy Roon, Pastor
Peter Ilgenfritz, Pastor
David Anderson, Church Administrator