A Letter from The Reverend Angie

Posted on Jul 2, 2020

Dear people of God,

Some world events are so momentous our lives are changed forever. 9/11 was one of those moments. We are living through another – actually two; COVID 19 and the murder of George Floyd. The power of these events is forcing us to face our vulnerability, our powerlessness to fend off change, our deep need for security and certainty. There is no going back to “a better way” The best years and the best way lies ahead of us waiting to be discovered. I personally find great comfort from one of the suffrages from Morning Prayer: “Give peace O Lord in all the world, For only in you can we life in safety.”

The people of God have been through many life-altering – and tradition altering – events. During the Babylonian exile the people of God had no temple at which to worship. The Temple was the land they had been forced to leave. What emerged in that time were new markers of identity as the people of God such as importance of the study of TORAH and the centrality of home-based worship, The old ways – Temple worship – were no less cherished, but the new conditions required new traditions. And so it is for us.

What does it mean to be the church when we no longer have our buildings in which to worship? What does it mean to be the people of God, to be the hands and feet of God’s movement toward truth, justice, and peace and equality when so much injustice is being laid bare? Where and how is God’s presence in the world visible and how do we participate in God’s work? If the answers were readily available and easy to come by, we wouldn’t need each other.

So I am eager to journey with you for a while as we seek the answers to these questions, and as we discover even more questions, and with God’s help, reveal a few answers along the way. For with God, nothing is impossible.