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A note from Rev. Justin Schroeder:
It’s good to be back in the office after a two month sabbatical! I am grateful for the time away and especially grateful for the staff who covered for me in my absence.
I am particularly delighted that our worship theme this month is “Sources of Trust.” Through I didn’t name it as such, it turns out that I spent a good deal of my sabbatical time exploring the question: “What do I trust?” There are many answers to this question, but the one that keeps rising to the surface is this:
Much of my work right now, as a 42 year old white male, is to learn to more deeply trust my body and its experiences in this world; I am learning to trust and listen to my emotions, my feelings, even my tears, in new and different ways. Sometimes this trust looks like simply crying when I am moved by a feeling or an experience. Instead of feeling constricted or holding back the tears, I let them come. Sometimes this trust looks like feeling something I haven’t given myself permission to feel – but when I do feel it, uncomfortable as it is, I sense that things are shifting in my life and spirit is moving through me in new and vital ways. I find this to be especially true as I discover in my body what it means to be racialized as a “white” person, and all of the ways that has impacted me. So much of my life is often lived in my head; now, in addition to trusting my intellect, I’m learning to trust my body and its wisdom.
I’m curious: what do you trust most deeply? What are your sources of trust, of faith? How do you rebuild or restore trust when it has been broken?
During November, we’ll be exploring these questions and many more in our worship services. Join us!
I’ll see you in church,