Letter from Lindy Mar 3
Let me invite you to spend some time reflecting on our newsletter this week, as it will frame our Lenten journey–and is chock full of information.
As we moved into our leadership retreat last Saturday, we wondered and worked at how best to live into the words that, not only define Pilgrim, but that we hope to refine through our vision, mission and ministry in 2019.
God’s Beloved+Inclusive Community
Grace please for my creatively running with what was in the slides, and many thanks to Jonathan, Emily and Stephen for leading and guiding us along the way.
Lent offers us such a wonderful opportunity to put our words into action–as we promised to our newest members on Sunday.
I don’t know how many of you met the Whitakers, who will be relocating to Durham in a few weeks, but in our fellowship conversation, after Matt’s moving sermon on the 17th, they asked me if we had an Inclusive Committee. They explained that their “Pilgrim UCC” in Wisconsin formed such a group to help grow their congregation’s awareness of the various communities who might experience exclusion from churches– and this group endeavors to address any such barriers. That conversation became a God nudge for our Pilgrim for our own Lenten journey.
Beginning with our Glitter+Ash Wednesday service to make visible our loving, inclusive embrace of all God’s children–ongoing work, holy good news, that must be proclaimed, again and again.
Following with our Lenten Conversational Series to expand our vision of welcome to our friend, Imam Abdul Waheed, who will share the Muslim faith’s sacred confession, journey and relationship with God, as well as engage us as how we work to help Durham better become an inclusive community.
Who knows where our Lenten journey might lead us….we just need to follow the indelible glittery spark of each step.