This Monday through Wednesday, all the priests in our Diocese are at a retreat on Cape Cod. Now that they've left us lay people unsupervised for several days, what kind of theological mischief can we make?
Grace is in a great position to think about this. Last Sunday we had a meeting in the Large Hall where many of us shared our thoughts about what Grace will be looking for in a future rector. If you missed that meeting, we'll hold another one this coming Sunday, the 28th. We'll meet in the Large Hall right after church.
These meetings are lay led and involve the whole congregation. According to our bylaws, it is the membership of Grace as a whole who has the authority to make a call to a rector. (Most other parishes delegate that to their vestries.)
Think about this. We are the ones to decide on behalf of ourselves and for future worshipers - people we have yet to meet. We are responsible for being careful and wise and open to surprise or growth. Now more than ever, we have to be able to hold in our minds views other than our own.
Every Sunday we hear the words "wherever you are on your faith journey, you are welcome at Grace's altar". Several times a year we promise to "respect the dignity of every human being". If we really mean these words, we have to mean them now.
Those of us who use the phrase "born again" when we talk about ourselves are no more nor less members of the Body of Christ at Grace than those of us who don't.
Those of us who love Thomas Tallis or other traditional music are no more nor less members of Grace than those of us with Chris Tomlin or up-tempo "praise bands" in our playlists.
Those of us who get our news from one cable news channel are not loved by God more than those of us who get it from the politically opposite channel.
Admit it, we sometimes think this way. But deep down we know that we have no authority to limit the breadth of God's love in any way. The Gospel story really doesn't work that way.
What are these points of view that we don't all share? Come on Sunday and find out! Come to listen, come to contribute, come to grow. If you can't make any meeting, please email or call your wardens, David and Carolyn.