I know I said this blog post would be about the limitations of short-term mission projects but I’m going to skip that. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll get you the article about the topic. Instead, I want to talk to you about what’s been going on for me here in D.C. and maybe end by posing a question for you to consider.
We had a staff meeting this week at work and our General Secretary, Susan Henry-Crowe, made us stop and consider something – the reality that God has given us (as an organization) all the tools we need to do the job we’ve been called to do, and those tools were sitting right there in the very room. Now, this is an important concept for us all to think about. God equips us to do what we are called to do. During the staff meeting it made me pause and look around the room and realize just how fortunate I am to be part of an organization that is made up of incredibly intelligent, spiritual and powerful people. It is an honor to work with this group of people.
As I’ve gotten to know members of the staff, Dover has not been far from my mind and heart. I listen to the work that my co-workers do and wonder how that work might be of use to Dover UMC and you, my incredible church family. With that in mind, I was able to connect Roy Beth to Doug, a grassroots organizer in the office that works in part with the issue of mass incarceration. Some of you might remember me mentioning Healing Communities during my session on Social Justice and Our Community before I left. Doug does the trainings for churches to be Healing Communities. Churches are educated on how to best minister to those impacted by the criminal justice system. Not just the pastor, but the church community – keeping in mind the reality that we are all ministers to one another. The trainings allow for opportunities to embrace and bring healing to those who have been incarcerated and/or managed probation, but also the friends and families of those with loved ones in the system. Keep an ear out for more information from Roy Beth in the future, and visit the website to learn more:: http://umc-gbcs.org/healing-communities.
We’re testing out a Podcast function! Check out this audio from Amber last Sunday, and check back regularly to hear the sermons from Dover UMC!