The Spirit has come, silence is no longer an option.

We need to gather as God’s people right now and ask the Holy Spirit to instruct us, shape us, remake us, and commission us.  We need a fresh language of bridge-building and new words to rekindle joy. We need the wind and fire of God to transform us and wrestle us from our complacency. It’s time for us to speak new words and tell new stories, to create new relationships and kindle old love. Here’s the thing: No matter how passionately I disagree with your opinions and beliefs, I cannot disagree with your experience. Once I have learned to hear and speak your story in the words that matter most to you, then I have stakes I never had before.  I can no longer thrive at your expense.  I can no longer make you my Other. 

The Spirit broke down barriers on that Pentecost by loosening the tongues of the disciples and by opening the ears of the crowd so that they were able to hear each other. God compelled the disciples to engage, to press in, to linger, listen, and speak.

The Spirit has come, and silence is no longer an option.
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It gets better!

THE FEAST OF PENTECOST (Year C)
Jesus wants his disciples to keep their eyes on the kingdom, on the possibility of life, and a quality of life that is called abundant – for them and for all creation. Jesus insists and his resurrection demonstrates that IT’S NOT OVER – IT GETS BETTER! … More It gets better!

“Be My Witnesses”

7TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (Year C, lessons from the Feast of the Ascension)
At the end of our Eucharist, in the dismissal, the deacon will proclaim, “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” We are sent to “be his witnesses.” Be Christ’s witnesses by being like Christ, proclaiming his message of hope and love in word and deed. … More “Be My Witnesses”