Thinking About Our 70th Anniversary

Today while I was working on the service about the 70th anniversary of the congregation, Jim Ocean who ran the original coffeehouse came by with a new idea and a new passion. He has become interested in doing something to promote climate activism and is raising money to start a songwriting competition for young people.  We walked around the campus and I showed him our new technical setups and he told stories from the “good old days.” He said when he thought of this idea, he thought of the church even though it had been a long time since he had been in touch.

This Sunday we will take a little time to reflect on those 70 years. What strikes me is how much things have changed and how much they haven’t.

Ecology was a movement I remember entering into as a child—and now we have climate change. Race relations were troubled then and remain troubled.

In this time when so much seems different, I find it comforting to reflect on what is the same and timeless. Virtual meetings and hybrid services mask that what we are about is that ageless human quest for meaning and connection to others and to something larger than ourselves.

I am grateful to be part of an organization seen as always willing to be part of the solution.

And grateful for the music and the passion which make it all tolerable.

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