THE DARKNESS AND THE LIGHT
No doubt we are called upon to live through complicated times -for many reasons, natural, political, religious, etc.- reasons demanding from us a bolder work and commitment than what we have been called upon to be and testify.
Even though this week we have been beckoned to reflect on the Beauty of Darkness, I believe we cannot simply stay still accepting darkness in itself, because the assignment the God of Life has commended to us, is to become witnesses of the light, and therefore shine in the midst of darkness.
This Advent Season, leading us to the light of the Birth of the Incarnate Word -which we are about to celebrate, is also calling us to resist along the world stage with some of its obsessed, obtuse leaders appearing to be imposing themselves and succeeding through brute force, without any glimpse of winning by convincing.
Today more than ever, at this unstable and confused times, it is necessary to trust in the inspiration and wisdom Creator has granted to us, both have allowed humankind to defeat death, enable medical miracles and breathtaking inventions, build amazing shrines and write books of glorious complexity -and trust they will restore us back again.
We ought to nurture the hope in human intelligence, as having turned us into whom we are, may that intelligence now deploy the tender graces of science, art, knowledge and good will, to prove to those willing to loot our world and intelligence that truth cannot be so easily destroyed, and let them know they are not going to succeed, on the contrary: somehow, we are going to find a way to convince -with all this luminance at our reach- that it's still possible to rescue our planet from foes that seem to be on the increase.
May solidarity shine in its fullest in every corner on this Land of ours.
on behalf of the Metropolitan Community Churches Council of Elders:
Rev. Elder Dr. Candace R. Shultis, Convener
Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown
Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
Elder Nancy Maxwell
Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Rev. Elder Mona West, PhD
MCC Council of Elders
This year's MCC Advent Resources are being offered through the incredible generosity of MCC of Greater St. Louis, who are graciously sharing their Advent Series, A HOLY DARKNESS.
New Creation Cares!
The unsheltered homeless in the Columbus area often feel ignored, invisible, unwanted. This Christmas we want to show them that God's Love extends to them and that we care about them.
We want to give each unsheltered person a new, wrapped gift at Christmas time. And we need your help. We need at least one hundred winter neck scarves by Dec. 20th, individually wrapped in holiday wrapping paper. They can be handmade or purchased, as long as they are new. We can also use donations of wrapping paper and gift tags.
We plan to wrap any received without wrapping paper on the evening of Dec. 20th. You can join us to help wrap.
Donations can be left at the church after any service or function until then. Some folks are crocheting, some are knitting, some are cutting them from fleece, and some are purchasing scarves new. (We've heard they have them at the dollar stores.) Your help would be very appreciated.