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Pastor Susan's Notes
Pastor Susan’s Notes
I read the Daily Devotionals that are sent directly to my email account from the United Church of Christ. A few, lately, have resonated with me; they are about people attending worship…or not. Rev. Kenneth Samuel wrote: “National Geographic reports that the world's newest religion is no religion. The 'nones' (the religiously non-affiliated) now make up almost a quarter of the U.S. population. In the past decade, U.S. nones have overtaken Catholics, mainline Protestants and all followers of non-Christian faiths.”
Samuels contends that “church” suffers from past ‘bad public relations.’ Too many decades of restrictive and exclusive opinions and views. He wrote: When the United Church of Christ launched its 'God Is Still Speaking' media campaign some years ago, many people, including myself, had no idea that there even existed a mainline Protestant Christian denomination which had embraced critical thinking and been such a progressive agent of justice in the past century. I, and countless others, have found a Christian home because the United Church of Christ made a bold decision to tell its story... and to re-aquaint the world with the Still Speaking God.
Knowing our faith story and telling it to others – that is, what Jesus has done for our own personal lives, our families, our community, and for people of the world - is critical to continue God’s plan. IE Re-acquainting the world with the Still Speaking God so the world can be a better place! Jesus gave two commandments: Love God and your neighbor as yourself. Wouldn’t that change the world? I know it changes me.
See you in church, where we learn more, love more, and seek to be a community that cares even more.