I am already thinking that I will lead another round of “Building Your Own Theology” next year, to help those of you who are engaging in your own processes of religious searching. While we are a church where it is okay or “kosher” to ask questions, what do we have to say when it comes to answers?
These questions come to mind each year when we speak about our annual stewardship drive. After all, we are asking you to support a religious congregation. You have a right to know what you are supporting, what we hold or call “sacred,” and what we stand for.
There is a phrase, “the role of a minister is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” We do a pretty good job of comforting one another during times of sorrow, worry, and concern. Some have commented that our congregation does this so well that it obscures everything else, including what is “religious” about what we do.
Over the next month or so, my sermons will address questions about religious identity, as well as “mission.” By “mission,” I am referring to what we do to embody and make manifest our beliefs and values.
Let’s engage in this journey together! As I often say in sermons, “this is holy and religious work, and it is our work to accomplish, together.”
See you in church!
The Rev. Dr. Stan Sears, Minister