Hi again Beloved,
So, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the start of our Lenten observance, a time for confession, introspection and spiritual renewal.
I know that the threatened snowstorm spells peril for some: lost heat, lost power, and some may even lose their lives. I once served a church where one of the elderly parishioners told me about her husband who walked home, from Dorchester to Jamaica Plain, in the middle of the Blizzard of ’78, to be with his sweetheart. He died of a heart attack when he arrived. Romantic or tragic?
During Lent 2009, small groups of First Churchers met each week to talk about the relevancy of scripture and Christian tradition to our modern lives. We focused on four aspects of post-modern urban life where we felt like the dialogue between The Church and Culture had broken down: Isolation and Community, Poverty and Justice, Sexuality, and Death. Here is an edited version of the “We Believe” statements we came up with. They don’t represent all of us. We didn’t wordsmith or vote on these. They are just a Spirit-led response to our discussions, affirmed by all of us: