Earth: Beloved Community
For the last two days I have been in Dayton, Ohio, for the annual gathering of the Alliance of Baptists. The Alliance was formed when many of us realized we could no longer be a part of the Southern Baptist Convention. What I have always appreciated about the Alliance is their willingness, from the very beginning, to say-“This we believe, this is who we are, this is what we stand for.” They realized it is impossible to be “all things to all people” and never tried, but instead opted for “purity of purpose.” These are some of the things on which the Alliance was founded--the church should be open to all people-that our message is to be one of repentance and faith; reconciliation and hope; social, racial and economic justice-the separation of church and state-the importance of servant leadership.
This week our Bible Studies have centered on the idea of a new perspective on how we are to care for the earth—our teacher said, “the choice facing us as Christians is denial or discipleship, God’s plan for the divine redemption of the earth is restoration, not destruction, and the plagues in Egypt were God using nature to help those who were the victims of injustice.” We have had workshops and panels about how we as Christians can take bold action to help the poor, victims of injustice, those who often feel outside the welcome of the church.
We have been given much food for thought and I will share more with you in the weeks to come.
Saturday and Sunday, May 12/13 Tour of Homes in Fairmount
Saturday, May 19 Fairmount 5K