First of all I want to wish everyone a blessed holiday season. There are many occasions to gather with friends, congregations, members of other faith traditions and our families( biological or created). As we venture what some Christians celebrate as Advent we are reminded that it is a season of expectation- of waiting and watching. A season of believing in those things whose form we may not be able to see.
Remember that throughout our faith traditions we are constantly told that things may not be as they seem through our earthly eyes. We are called to mystery, confusion and joy in equal parts throughout our lives.
My hope for the new year is that we can become more accountable to taking time out of our otherwise busy lives to post here as we are able. I would like to see an honest open discussion of what we are called to do with the knowledge that the message of our faiths is alive in each one of us. We have the responsibility to make the changes we hope to see.
If we shake our heads and fingers at the institution that is only half of the battle- God provides us with glimpses of Wisdom so we can do something about them- not only discuss them and preach to the choir but to enter into a personal dialogue with what such information is calling forth from the depths of our hearts and souls.
We are called to community- not a self-protecting individual exegesis of what Wisdom might mean. There is evil in the world( perhaps not where may think it is) but it not just individuals making bad choices. It is the collective actions that we as faith communities take or don't take. There are collective sins and the only way to respond to them is to collectively choose to do things another way.
Peace and Grace