After spending three weeks in California taking in the final performances and graduation ceremony of my theater-major niece, I have returned with tremendous auntie-pride. I am proud of her hard work, accomplishments, and the brave and honest way she has faced some very difficult circumstances over the past few years. Her younger brother who just completed his first year in college made a life-altering decision for his health this spring and is a new man. Their parents are some of the most kind, funny, smart and musical people you’ll ever meet.
Even in this kind of setting, which many families don’t get to enjoy, we all have our “moments” when we need to come clean about some attitude we are carrying, ask forgiveness for some comment we made, or have a difficult conversation about feelings.
In the past eight decades much has been developed around healthy relations through Alcohol Anonymous and other 12-step programs. The eighth, ninth and tenth steps of a 12-step program are as follows:
- [We] made a list of persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- [We] made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- [We] continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
I like the word “promptly” in step nine – promptness seems to be the magic in relationships. Clearing up difficulties as soon as possible bears good fruit over the years. On the other hand, no matter how much time has passed, we can always make the phone call (or even write a letter to someone who has died) to clear up the past. Here are three scriptures about taking responsibility in our relationships:
The conference leadership features Rev. Dr. William Brown of Columbia Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Jill Crainshaw of Wake Forest School of Divinity, and Sacred Jazz musician Warren B. Cooper. Highlights include environmental preaching and the lectionary, creation care and family ministries, GreenFaith’s workshop on Multifaith Organizing for the Green New Deal, a panel focused on the ins and outs of building local earth care teams, and several opportunities to explore new ecologically focused liturgical and study resources for congregational use. A diversity of workshop leaders including national PCUSA staff, ecumenical representatives, environmental non-profits, and interfaith coalitions will share current resources and nurture faithful response to climate change.
In Faith with You,
On behalf of the struggling working families of Calico Cat we would like to thank all those who have contributed financially and/or their time in making our LPC/COG cleaning supplies program a great success. Knowing we’ve helped 20+ families in our neighborhood demonstrates the compassion we share with Christ for those in need.
Please keep your generous hearts open as we continue to forge ahead with our journey with Christ.
Family Promise Volunteer Co-Coordinator
Please consider helping to recruit future Family Promise volunteers for LPC’s hosting weeks. We have been using Sign-Up, an online service. LPC’s next hosting week is not until November 10-17, 2019, so there’s no work until September. This involves placing invitation blurbs in the Epistle and bulletins, managing the event’s volunteer spots via Sign-Up, interacting with support congregation coordinators, and sending emails to volunteers. This will lessen the recruiting burden on Kathy Noah, who coordinates just about everything during our hosting weeks.