As I look toward 2022, I have mixed feelings of excitement and trepidation. Will the pandemic finally be over, life returning to a semblance of normal? Will we, as a nation and as individuals, take on the big issues of gun violence, homophobia, and racism, and start treating one another more as a beloved community? Casting uncertainty aside and focusing on the positive, I sat down to make my New Year’s Resolutions for 2022.
The season of Advent is one of hope, as we, not only wait for the coming of the Christ child but wait for Jesus’ second coming…. If I’m being honest, I’m tired of waiting.
When I recently met with my bishop to relay an important shift in my theology, I wasn’t sure how she might react… I needed to tell her how my faith has changed.
With all that has changed about worship during the pandemic, has the mission of the post-pandemic church also changed?
The interesting thing is that December 25 wasn’t just the date of a pagan festival. It also coincides, in a way, with a festival that Jesus did actually celebrate.
At a time when polarization seems to be at an all-time high, most churches are not able to bridge the gap. Instead, they are caught up in divisiveness, too.