A new year is upon us – a year that promises to bring many changes to our lives, and to our world. “Don’t be afraid of some change” is a refrain we often sing in one of our hymns on Sunday mornings, but as we enter 2017, some of us are more than a little afraid of what the new year might bring.
In times of challenge and crisis, many look to their religious community for comfort, for connection, for solace and strength. In this time, in this new year and new era, folks in record numbers are looking to Heritage Church to be that solid foundation, that home away from home, that family of choice. Let us welcome them with open arms and open hearts.
Here is my new year’s resolution – my promise to you. In these times of change and turmoil, we will continue to be an inclusive faith community. We will welcome all. We will offer solidarity and sanctuary to the dispossessed, the disenfranchised, the marginalized. We will stand on the side of love. We will stand up for civil rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights, black lives and more. More fully than ever, we will live out our mission to celebrate life, create community, and seek justice. And we will do it all in the love, that is the spirit of this church.
Blessings for a peaceful, peace-filled, loving New Year.
Please note that I will be on vacation through Jan. 8. As always, however, if you do have an emergency, you can reach me either through Denise Martinez in the church office, or by calling my cell phone.