Celebrate Union’s Open and Affirming Proclamation

Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week! May 7th is especially wonderful because we will celebrate Union’s Open and Affirming proclamation. It’s been 10 years, church, since you made the bold decision to proclaim to the neighborhood around us, to St. Louis Park, to Minnesota, and to the whole church, “YOU are WELCOME Here! No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here AND we are better because you are here.”

How many public places do you walk into who express an unconditional, welcoming affirmation like that ? A school? A police station? A library or hospital? Probably not.
So… I ask myself, ‘who is missing from this welcome?’ People of color, people who are transgender, undocumented immigrants …can you think of others? Why wouldn’t they feel welcome?

Even as we celebrate our official stance, we must always be willing to go deeper into the theology of inclusion in order to continually expand on God’s dream.

Our focus scripture for Sunday is John 10:1-10. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, but it looks like he is laying out limits. The gate and the gatekeeper remind me of the beefy bouncers in the first God is Still Speaking ad on television. What is the author of John really talking about here? I hope you will join us to find out for yourself!

And then… stay awhile for fellowship time and our final Moving Off the Map Focus Group session. We will be celebrating the completion of the assessment process which is the first portion of moving off the map of ‘how we’ve always done church.’ Thank you, thank you, thank you for your steadfast participation! It is YOU we need to hear from!

Shalom, Pr. Barb

While we live in a non-shepherding culture, O God, still we know the power of the image we hold of you as our loving shepherd. You care for us in limitless and timeless ways, caring for each of us as your favorite. Thank you. Amen.

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