Peak Pondering is Community Pondering
Remember that line quoting Jesus: “Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them”? Clearly Jesus wouldn’t be suggesting that God’s Spirit isn’t there when we are alone!
But there is something unique, and powerful, and inspiring about community. Even when we labor hard together. Even when we struggle together!
This week is the California Nevada United Methodist Annual Conference. It’s happening right here in Sacramento! I’d be inviting every one of you to come if it wasn’t for COVID protocols. Most of our retired clergy from First Church, and also our lay members to Annual Conference Laura Reed and Andrea Johnson, with some help from Doug Treadwell our alternate member, will spend several days there. Many others from our congregation have been before.
We will labor over questions of ministry. Of funding. Of allocating resources. Of pandemic struggles and ministry successes. And we will hurt together over some issues. This is pondering that I consider sacred.
I have seen and heard people who want to envision Christian community as some bizarre Stepford Wives kind of lockstep agreement. I would be entirely uncomfortable if we weren’t able to ponder, even argue together to discern the best ways to live into God’s kin-dom in this challenging time.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday. There may be stories from this week. I love being a United Methodist. I pledged myself to serve Christ through the appointment of the United Methodist Bishop when I was ordained. I joyfully serve. And joyfully wrestle with the great saints of our Annual Conference to do all the good we can in all the ways we can at all the times we can in all the places we can, as ever we can.
Love to you each,