One thing about our faith is that we never run out of hope! The bible is an accumulation of stories about new beginnings and the love that accompanies us and the spirit that leads us as we venture forth together. Even through suffering and death hope is raised, the story is not finished as we cannot be separated from that ever present love which permeates our being and all creation. In the bible and in life, God speaks to us in times of despair saying, “Don’t be afraid!” and “Look, I am doing a new thing!” To which we (too often) respond, “That’s great, God, but I am just getting (or am quite) comfortable with the old thing!” Yes in some ways God and life can be just as irritating as computer and software companies with their new models and constant updates – yet slightly more cosmically. At Living Spirit UC we are entering into a re-tooling time as our reality has changed locally and everywhere churches are confronted with the need to find new life. The heart (software) of our ministry and mission is essentially the same as it has been for 2000+ years, but needs an upgrade to be effective and efficient as new ways of being church emerge. I invite you to click on the blue link below, and at leas read summary of the interview and take five minutes listen to the recorded interview, it gets better toward the end. See how one Calgary church is upgrading its ministry to fit its mission.
Our situation is different, we are not a downtown cathedral, we don’t have thousands of people passing by each day, but we do have an open future if we take some time to work it out. I believe re-engaging the surrounding neighbourhoods is essential and isolation and loneliness are huge and problematic needs that are calling for ministry. I believe our mission is not about filling pews with people but filling people’s hearts with Good News. I also believe that God has great hope for Living Spirit UC and what we can do and be together.