Thursday, January 25, 2018

Moderator Looks at the Year - And It is Good

Revelation 21:5 (ESV)

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

As a new year dawns let us remember all the good that God has done for us and by us.  Remembering that God in his infinite wisdom has made us all in his image, we can all show by example how we reflect the light of Christ with Jesus at the forefront.

We courageously voted to be a sanctuary church to stand against injustice for demoralizing attempts to target immigrants for deportation risking their well-being.  We have completed renovations on an area to comfortably extend sanctuary to an individual in crisis.   Partnering with multi-faith churches and civic groups to aid us in this cause.

We initiated a Just-Peace Committee to discern whether CCU would consider being a Just Peace Church. The Sylvia Robinson Fund was enacted to give back 10% of our operating budget to mission and justice initiatives. The committee has agreed to pursue being a Just Peace Church and formulated a Just Peace Covenant to present to congregation for a vote.

Building committee has grappled with many areas of interest for renovations and has streamlined a renovation proposal to move us forward on restructuring our building to support our collective vision.

Hiring of Will Miller to fulfill new position as Director of Operations and Community Engagement has helped us to reorganize and update our processes in many areas.

Faith & Action Community Leader Position has been decided on to broaden our, faith formation of all God’s children of any age, ministry.  We bid farewell to Rev. Ruth Richards and cherish all that she gave to us in her time here as Minister of Christian Education and the Arts.

Minister of Music Janet Barry a full year of “New Things “and the introduction of Lowell Learns moving into our Music Church vision

We charge forward into this New Year welcoming the brilliance of God’s light to guide us forward courageous and awake to the truth.  We pray for a collective shift in conviction to the love of God for us and all that has been created.  Hold on to all that is good release what is burdensome and march towards justice.

Sincerely,

Valerie Manning-Jones

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