Breaking Down Walls

We reminded ourselves what it means to live as an Open & Affirming church – for LGBT and all persons.  The call of God’s inclusive love is that we are a place of trust and love; that we ensure that Foster City knows we are a place where God is still speaking; where walls of human bias and fear are broken down.  Brothers and sisters of all backgrounds, colors, abilities, and places on the spectrum of human sexuality are accepted and “home” here.

At the same time, we acknowledge that we must love and affirm our Earth.  The Earth is our home, and we are one with all Creation.  We journey here as one human family.  That is God’s intent.  But just as surely as we build stigmatizing human walls, we build a wall which divides us from the rest of Creation, making it something to objectify, ignore, or exploit; something “other than” us – when in fact, we are of and dependent upon the Earth.  We have an obligation to name and heal the wounds we have inflicted on the Earth, just as we have wounded one another – to cleanse the air and water, to keep the fossil fuels in the ground.  Please work and pray for the healing of the Earth just as fervently as you work and pray for the breaking down of walls and the healing of our relationships.  God has extended us radical acceptance with all our differences, and all our wounds.  Can we do any less for our blessed Earth?     

Peace,
Pastor Carol 

Stepping Stones, Now Take the Next Step!

The Stepping Stones reflection pieces and conversation notes are assembled into one packet available on request online or in hardcopy.  Now in our time of stewardship we ask – how can we make these conversations real?

Our stewardship theme is “Take the Next Step,” and pledge dedication will be on Pentecost, May 15.  Leading up to that date we are hearing first-person stories each week about our love for Island United Church.  In case you do not receive your pledge materials in the mail, or misplace them, you can access the informational folder and the pledge card here.  [click to go to the dropbox, then choose “open” to download and/or print]

The spring congregational meeting will be Sunday, May 22, for election of officers and approval of a budget.  There will also be further conversation about “Stepping Stones” particularly as it might relate to use of our open property.  Please plan to attend.  Your input is important.

Spring Bible Study/Theology Conversations

We are in the midst of a spring series of Bible/theology conversations, which invariably end up sharing our faith stories.  It’s every Tuesday from 12-1:30 pm.  Bring your brown bag lunch.  Our topic for this week is communion – where are the “communion stories” in the Bible?  What does it mean?  How do you experience it?  Next week we will talk about heaven and hell (oooh!)  Where did those ideas come from?  What do they mean to you?