Pastor Talk To Me About...
2009-09-29 by David Howell

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Mark & World Communion Sunday
2009-09-29 by KAREN HUNDRIESER

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday.  It is a day when we intentionally welcome and honor the diversity of the church universal.  If we are visual in our worship, we show images which include those with different skin tones, different dress, from different climates, worshipping in different ways and languages and using different forms of music and song, having different ages and customs for marrying, having different needs and different joys.  We sometimes even honor all the different ways in which we make "bread" by having as many kinds as possible on our communion tables.  And who knows what's in the chalice?  When I was a teenage MK in Nigeria we used Kool-Aid or Fizzies because that's what was available.  Our list could go on.  The point being that all are welcome to the table, while honoring and acknowledging our differences.  Our sameness found in being the beloved children of God.  

But we still do not wish to acknowledge those who are homosexual - either as a participant or a leader in the table liturgy.  A post from last week suggested that our exclusion of another becomes our stumbling block.  In my previous post I asked if we were preparing our children for marriage/covenant/community relationships. Our children are learning what they need to know from their friends, the internet, the world, sources of all kinds because we come to the table with a posture of exclusion.  

Hardness of heart: our stumbling block to teaching this passage on marriage/covenant/community relationships that honor?  Hardness of heart: putting asunder what God has brought together?  Perhaps we can or should replace hardness of heart with something else - but does it really make a difference in the outcome?

When we do not acknowledge all people, we do not acknowledge God.




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2009-09-28 by David Howell

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Another thought on Mark
2009-09-28 by KAREN HUNDRIESER

Our sexuality needs liberating in order for us to be in healthier, God-called relationships - as couples and as community.

I believe we are also challenged to continue to create new rites of passage ceremonies/liturgies.





Our guest preaching blogger this week is
2009-09-28 by David Howell

The Rev. Karen Hundrieser. "I am a Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.  My parents were missionaries for 15 years - I lived all my teenage years in Nigeria, West Africa.  My first career was as a social worker - working with the homeless in various programs in Wisconsin.  I have an MTS from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  My call to ministry and my gifts are centered around 'hospitality'."



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