April 24, 2015
One thing of note standing out on this journey is how the Community of Faith has stepped up and helped make our work possible in this community. (Our Board reflects this mix as well as so many of the volunteers who have shown up) From the Quakers to the Pentecostals, and all congregations in between, these folks who may not worship together, painted, cleaned, broke bread bread and worked together. I recognize this happens regularly in life here on the island. We all interact on a daily basis and have fellowship across the board many of us. But there is something very Sacred to this coming together of all these different church members and pastors who are supporting the work of the SWHC. Supporting the work with time, talent, dollars and prayer. What continues to come to my mind is in the new testament. I forgot much of my bible lessons but the phrase has to do with the Community of Believers that grew up around Jesus and his ministry when he first began. This small group of people all shared their lives, talents, food, and all with one another. And this caused the outside community to look in and say about them “Look how they care for one another.” And I will echo that by telling our South Whidbey Faith Community…”It is obvious how we all care for one another.” The words of Jesus and the Prophets exort us to care for the poor. It is a mandate in fact. In closing I would add that this post is not about any one ‘church’ or the other….it is simply a testament to how differing theology need not create barriers and violence as we are seeing in the world today. I’me nearing 70 and feel renewed in spirit and in faith by this our work. I am so honored to work with you all.