Thank you to Lynne for our first "testimonial" for our Stewardship Drive.
This I Believe
• I believe that it’s OK to have more questions than answers—and to be inquisitive about both physical and spiritual matters. If we remain open to new understandings, we remain open to our still-speaking God. If we are indeed created by a loving Creator, both our mind and our heart are valid ways of knowing. Faith and reason can coexist.
• I believe there is one God, revealed to faithful people of different ages and cultures, in a variety of ways. I respect other paths to truth and want to learn from them. Religions, however, are created by human and not divine hands. All of them, Christianity included, can be tremendous forces for good or, if misused and misunderstood, can be equally fierce forces of evil and division.
• I believe we are truly “all God’s children”. At the core, there is much more to unite us than to divide us. And yet, how amazing and wonderful it is that no two people, not even identical twins, are truly identical—nor no two snowflakes or fireflies. And, because we are all God’s children, we are called to treat each other with respect, kindness and justice.
• I believe that the world we live in is a pretty amazing place. I believe that all things are connected. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. Therefore I believe we are called to be stewards of the earth. Just like raking a golf course sand trap, I believe we are supposed to leave the earth in better shape than we found it so that our children and their children may enjoy it as well.
• And, of course, I believe in the power of music. I love the quote by composer Paul Hindemith: “People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts.”
So what does all of this have to do with supporting the mission of the United Church of the Valley with my talent and treasury? I believe, a great deal. I need a spiritual home that welcomes “grey seers” as well as “black and white seers”. I need a spiritual home that is daring and caring enough to be a prophetic voice in our community and in our world, a church that, following Jesus’ example, cares for the poor, the marginalized and those needing comfort. I need a spiritual home that wants to respect, welcome and affirm everyone, --really, everyone--“no matter where they are on life’s journey” with love and compassion. And, because these are amazingly tough assignments, I need a spiritual home that is willing to continually strive to grow, with God’s help, to be the people God calls us to be.
I believe that, for me, the United Church of the Valley is that spiritual home and so, I gratefully pledge to support this, my church.