The 2014 District Conference for the South/Central Indiana District of the Church of the Brethren was more eventful than most years. In addition to common occurrences like a pie auction, collection of supplies for Brethren Disaster Ministries, and reports from Brethren agencies there were some events that stand out. Timbercrest changed its bylaws. District Conference […]
National Coming Out Day is October 11th, so it’s only fitting that October is also the month when we pick BMC as our Outreach Emphasis. Formed in 1976, the mission of BMC is to to cultivate an inclusive church and society and to care for the Mennonite and Brethren lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied […]
Moving to a new city. The end of a long-term relationship. Having a child. The death of a loved one. Starting a new job. A cancer diagnosis. Any time there’s a major change in our lives, it takes a while for us to figure out what is normal now.
What will this new normal look like?
Our church is familiar with being a safe environment for folks to wrestle with belief and faith, a community where doubts and questions are always welcomed and even encouraged. We’re comfortable with that. But what about when the questions and doubts are aimed at our church, or at each other? Given the challenges and changes our congregation is facing, it’s not surprising that some folks are a bit skeptical of what’s going on. Here’s my response:
The last six months in the life of our congregation have been filled with finding a way to accomplish our goal to relieve ourselves of the burden of our building in 2014. Three days ago, we reached that goal by finalizing of the sale of our building to Restoration Church. With so much energy and activity surrounding selling our building and moving to our new location in the First Friends Meetinghouse, we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that selling our building was just one step in part of a larger journey.