It was a confusing time, and the only comfort I found was in the experience that God was not nudging me on a Sunday morning to go to any faith community.
Thankfully, once I took the step of visiting Seattle Mennonite Church, it took only a few visits to realize that this is my new home and identity. I am once again in a setting where I love the conversations, learning what Jesus calls us to, and doing it in community – humbly and happily.
My core beliefs haven’t changed as much as my understanding of church has. At its best, church is a place to:
- Seek to know God’s heart and hear God’s invitation to join with all of creation in growing towards a just, peaceful, and merciful world, and keep striving to understand “who is my neighbor”, embody God’s love, and seek to incarnate that love and justice on earth
- Learn from the Bible, especially have our hearts and minds radically transformed by Jesus’ teachings, and then acting on what we’ve understood
- Be part of a community that teaches us how to speak and act in ways that reveal God’s love, and help each other when someone struggles
- Learn to love and be loved, heal and be healed, forgive and be forgiven, and take in what Jesus taught the disciples about living as his followers.
My blogging will resume – I hope – over at Susanne Kromberg’s Musings on Faith. Please join me there!