June Letter From Pastor Cara

Love Alone has the Power to Transform Us

Curry Quote

Did you get swept up all the drama of the recent Royal Wedding?  If you did, you were not alone!

Several friends and church members shared sentiments reflecting that the wedding fulfilled a desire to have a bit of an escape and a good feeling for a while, a necessary break from what can be overwhelming demands, stresses, and tensions of life.  Definitely understandable!

Even more, I heard about the sermon at the Royal Wedding.  How cool is it that an inspiring sermon can still cause such a buzz?  We heard much about how Episcopal Bishop Curry set the house on fire with his words conveying love as a fire that alone has power to transform lives and communities—the lives of young lovers and the lives of all.

The Bishop quoted the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. saying, “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love.  And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world.  Love is the only way.”  This is indeed what Jesus came to teach us; it is the life he embodied for the good of all.

The Royal Wedding was not the only time Rev. Curry made headlines during the weekend of the Christian Holiday of Pentecost (symbolized by the image of flames).  His face and his voice are highlighted first on the video below in the link to a statement called Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis.

Much like Martin Luther did 500 years ago when he nailed 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Church Door, church leaders from across many denominations are calling people of faith to prayerfully consider, discuss and support this document.  I encourage you to read/watch this important statement and then discern and discuss how this does or does not reflect your values, priorities, and beliefs. 

Some may say this statement reads like a political agenda reflecting a particular party.  Although I believe it is a statement of faith and values, there is room for that argument.  It is important to be clear that our faith and values should always inform our politics, civic life, and expressions of our citizenship. This is nothing to shy away from or be ashamed of, but instead to stand firmly on, even as we respectfully disagree with others who also stand firm.

The authors of this statement did not write it with the primary purpose of having people sign it.  They wrote it to encourage people to discuss the values, affirmations and rejections in order to bring our Christian values to our civic life in the same way that Jesus, Martin Luther, Martin Luther King Jr., Bishop Curry and so many have done before us.  May our reading, discernment, discussion, and action truly burn with the fire of God’s love and transform our world for the good of all.