Are we offering something that the world really needs? Any religious group that wants to be honest to the challenges of the 21st century is asking that question in some fashion.
I’m personally finding it difficult to keep up with the needs of the world. What I see in the news and hear from friends can be overwhelming. Just in the past few weeks, we as a country have sought to respond to environmental catastrophe and natural disaster, the continued tension and struggle for the soul of our nation regarding racial justice and bigotry, the fate of children brought to our country by their parents because of its promise, and the mean-spiritedness and polarization that has become all too normal in our public civic life.
Where do we fit into all of this as a church? This is the primary question that is driving our next year ahead in worship and other programming. What does it mean to be a progressive congregation in this time and this place? We have been in Dallas since 1899. Dedicated and faithful people have put their resources and spirit into making sure that we have a strong and vibrant church for over 100 years. So, what now?
This is where your role is key. I think we have a lot to offer the world. I think YOU have a lot to offer the world. If you have felt compassion and care change your life for the better and believe in their power, you have something to give. If you’ve seen justice add to the beauty of what it means to be human, you have something to offer. If you affirm that we don’t have to think alike to love alike, you have something to offer.
Being a progressive congregation means, in part, that we will not give up on the world, ourselves, and others. It means that there is always the capacity for something good and holy to break into our lives, and that we all have a role to play in building a beautiful and loving life together.
I hope you have a sense of your gifts in this place and in the world. Are we as a church offering something that the world really needs? Come and be a part of the answer with us this year and onward.