Last week I had the honor of joining Rev. Cassandra and Malachi Burton, and Joanne and Don Appold at The Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Paul for the 116th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Delegates and other attendees were treated to an address from our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane. His address connected faith, which he described as that which sustains us when we cannot know something, to our mission which is to create a more hopeful and just world.
Creating a more hopeful and just world requires taking risks. Taking risk requires faith. Rev. Chane reminded us that being a christian in the 21st century is a risky business. We do not operate with the the rock solid assurance that we once did. The needs of our parishioners are many and in some cases unprecedented. We must be flexible and creative if we are to meet those needs and be relevant.
This speech inspired me to ask if we, at Christ Church Clinton, are taking enough and the right risks. This past year we've seen promising growth in the numbers of people who attend church each Sunday. Also, under Rev. Cassandra's leadership, we've expanded our thrift shop, enabling people with modest means to acquire clothing and other items they need, for less than they would have to spend if they went to a commercial establishment. We've also given tons of food through our food pantry to individuals and families without the means to feed themselves. This is great work but the world is not yet a just one so we must look for additional ways accomplish that mission.
I started this blog, thanks to Don Appold's technical support, to highlight our accomplishments and open a public dialogue about our church, work and worship. It's new for us to do this and I realize a number of our members do not have access or interest in this medium. I hope to encourage you to take a small risk and follow and comment on these postings. Also encourage your friends and family members to do so. Join our Christ Church facebook fan page by clicking here. I believe that if we grow as a church it will be because we take our work to the world rather than wait for the world to come to us.