Discernment in life often involves not only saying “yes” to God’s call, but saying “no” to all sorts of other potentially fun, enriching, and engaging opportunities. To deeply say yes, sometimes we have to say no.
The Rev. Hope Welles Jernagen, executive director of Magdalene St. Louis comes to talk about the practice of faith and the practice of feminism. How can we learn from women in recovery from sexual exploitation and addiction at this time of #metoo? What does our faith have to say about gender, power, and healing?
The transitions can be difficult. Moving beyond what was and into what might be, can feel scary, but it is the only way forward. Put your stock in the future. Have faith. And know that, no matter how much you grumble, God won’t leave you alone.
Our rector preaches a sermon on the text "I will make you fishers of people." The Jesus movement needs leaders who will reach out, build community, help to stitch people into the kind of relationships where they can hear the words: “you are valued, you matter, you are loved.” That message is truly the good news God has.
Until Dr. King’s “Revolution of Human Rights” is complete, we live in hope, and we listen for a vision, even in a time when visions are rare. Keep dreaming. Keep working. Keep moving forward. We shall overcome.
Where does this story take place? The answer is more complex and beautiful the harder you look. For in the end the story can take place only in the hearts of all those who long for God. The love of God comes among us, yes even us. The answer to the question is up to you. Where will this story take place for you this Christmas?
What if you don't feel too much like rejoicing this season? Luckily, where cultural nostalgia would have us all singing carols this season, the Bible is more realistic in Advent. God is not just there with all those who are rejoicing. Our God is the God who chooses the brokenhearted, the God who restores fortunes.