by: Gillian Ford
Contributor: Rev. Ken Brown
I Thessalonians 1:2-3 (CEB): We always thank God for all of you when we mention you constantly in our prayers. This is because we remember your work that comes from faith, your effort that comes from love, and your perseverance that comes from hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father.
In a spirit of profound gratitude, thank you Trinity for your engaged heart to create a Statement of Inclusion. This historic accomplishment was a congregation-wide effort to discern who we are and who we aspire to be in Christ’s likeness. Sunday afternoon, June 30, we adopted this statement with a 99% approval rating by eligible voters. While this rating is impressive, I am most touched by the engagement levels over the months. We hosted no less than six open forums on Our Way Forward to address concerns about the direction of the global United Methodist’s nearly half dozen formal listening sessions on inclusivity were held; and the nearly 200 in attendance at the All Church Conference last Sunday represents half the number of people who attend Sunday services this time of year. Wow! Your participation shows that not only do you care about Trinity, you care about people beyond our walls.
As you read and reflect on this Statement of Inclusion, may we all continue to grow into an impassioned community to share Jesus’ love with others. This week (Tuesday, July 1 to be exact), is my 1st anniversary as your senior pastor, and I am content beyond words that God called me and God has called you to be at Trinity.
I love you!