For the last few decades I have been learning about and seeking to follow the example of the Way of Jesus. Occasionally I encounter words that are so real, so relevant, and so riveting that they capture my attention and help me refocus.
The following words, taken from the second article of First Congregational (UCC) Church of Santa Barbara’s Statement of Faith, have played that role in my life in recent days:
We strive to follow the teachings of Jesus by practicing love and forgiveness, promoting health and wholeness for all persons, and working for social justice. We affirm the sacredness of all persons of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, genders, gender expressions and sexual orientations.
Intellectual ascent to truth claims is an interesting academic exercise. Following the Way of Jesus is a daily decision that requires action.
- Which of the following has been hardest for you to practice consistently in recent weeks: practicing love and forgiveness, promoting health and wholeness for all persons, or working for social justice?
- What about others do you find difficult to see the sacred in: abilities, ages, ethnicities, genders, gender expressions or sexual orientations?
- What is one specific step you will commit to take to address for each of your answers above?