What We Hold in Common

This week we wondered whether we have any common understanding at all that resurrection means – that event which defines Christian faith. Clearly, while Jesus’ followers may have shared everything in common, they did have differences in belief, and there have been doubters (like Thomas) over the centuries. In fact, the practice of doubt is how we find what we truly believe, and the experience of difference gives us hope and wonder. We asked whether it is really important that we agree, or whether difference makes all of our stories richer and journeys better. (Whoever you are, wherever you are on your life’s journey, you are welcome here!)

You were good sports when I asked you to write down on slips of paper one thing you felt everyone at IUC held or believed in common. Here are your answers:

Love and support                  Love one another
Love and caring                    Caring for each other
Family                                   LOVE!
Support each other               Each other
Friends                                 Togetherness
Kindness to everyone           Family
Love and harmony                Compassion
We need each other             Caring for each other
God and family                     Love one another
Acceptance and support      Welcome
Unity                                    Jesus Christ
Open & Affirming                  Love

Gee – see some themes??! While some might say this all sounds a bit “sweet,” I believe that the love we have for one another is grounded in a strong and robust trust. And that trust is what has, and will, allow us to live together in our differences, welcome others, and build community, both within this space and in the hearts and homes around us.

Peace and grace be with you,
Pastor Carol

New NCNC Conference Minister Rev. Diane Weible

Last Saturday, Pastor Carol, Lee Lamkin and Pat Barber – along with several hundred of our brothers and sisters from NCNC churches gathered at the 1st Congregational Church of Palo Alto. In a meeting, artfully woven in to a worship service, we met, heard, questioned, discerned, and affirmed the search committee’s nominee for our settled Conference Minister, Rev. Diane Weible. We broke bread together and gave thanks. (The Hawai’I Conference’s loss is our great gain!) We hope you get to meet and experience her soon (we’ll work to get her to IUC!)

PAAM Music Festival- April 25

A wonderful music festival, sponsored by our PAAM (Pacific Islander Asian-American Ministries) churches will be held at the Lake Park Methodist Church in Oakland, on Saturday, April 25 – dinner at 5pm followed by entertainment.   A $5 donation includes dinner and proceeds benefit scholarships for graduating seniors from any NCNC PAAM churches.  For further information, contact Dick Hom, PAAM moderator at paamncnc@aol.com and see the flyer at https://ncncucc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2015-PAAM-Music-Fest-Flyer.pdf