August 13, 2017
Seeker of stories; reporter of hope and mercy; worker for justice; advocate for children and the oppressed; voracious reader; music-lover; student of comedy; follower of Jesus Christ.
I am in my 15th year of ordained ministry in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). I am approaching the end of my first year at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan; my 4th call.
There are many things I love about the community of King of Kings. Today, I am grateful for their willingness to explore complex problems such as racism. I also appreciate the extent to which the folks at King of Kings value and take inclusion seriously. We are a Reconciled In Christ congregation, meaning we invite, welcome, and include LGBTQ folks. We believe that #blacklivesmatter and are beginning a study on racism this fall using Jim Wallis’ book: America’s Original Sin.
King of Kings is also filled with gifted musicians, thoughtful philosophers, and encouraging folks who care for the hurting in this world in numerous ways. They make me a better pastor by their witness.
The current events in the United States and in our world make proclaiming the Good News an increasing challenge. Still, it does not seem to be a matter of the Gospel being irrelevant, it is more relevant in the midst of tragedies than at any other time. It requires that we look deeper at the way things are intertwined and unfolding. It means that I have to be ever more diligent in locating myself in the story of Jesus Christ to effectively help others do the same.
It is a challenge that is both daunting and satisfying that makes me aware of the Holy Spirit in ways I cannot predict or deny. It remains a mysterious privilege.
I thank you for taking the time to listen with me and to me in this space.
May the stories, sermons, and poetry you read here bring you hope.