Just because we’re not together in-person doesn’t mean people haven’t been gathering to learn. A total of 16 people participated by Zoom in our recent conversations and study on racism, including people joining us from Florida and Massachusetts. We will continue that study on August 5 and 12 (Wednesday) at 7 pm by looking at Racism and the Bible. The Zoom link and handouts for each session are available on the “Anti-Racism Resources” section of our website. You don’t have to have participated in the first study to join us for this one.
Because we haven’t been able to offer Sunday school for our children, we’re also putting together a series of Vacation Bible School videos that will be uploaded to YouTube daily from August 3 to August 7. These can be watched any time, and will include a Bible lesson and story, songs, and an activity, all led by members of our congregation. The theme is Empathy and Kindness, traits much needed as our society navigates the challenges of a pandemic, seeks ways to overcome racism, and faces ongoing economic struggles for many people.
In the coming months you’ll see more opportunities for us to learn and grow together, including a Disciple Bible Study, an online Faith Village for younger children, Zoom meetings for older elementary children and youth, and hopefully some small group discussions for grownups. It’s more important than ever that we are intentional about our spiritual, intellectual, and emotional care and development. We’re learning, however, that this is also a time of opportunity, as we’ve seen with participation in the recent racism study.
John Wesley is quoted as having said, "The first priority of my life is to be holy, and the second goal of my life is to be a scholar." While I haven’t been able to confirm the source of that statement it certainly sounds like who he was – a person with a firm commitment to both personal and social holiness, grounded in and shaped by a devotion to spiritual growth through lifelong learning.
Peace for the journey,