Parish on Fire
Reflections on faithfulness in a time of uncertainty
What’s on fire?
Santa Rosa, CA has the fourth highest rate of unsheltered people in the United States, in part because of the 2017 wildfires that burned ten percent of the city. So far, Santa Rosa has struggled with how to respond to present suffering while also anticipating future increased uncertainty.
The same might be said of The United Methodist Church at large.
There are people who love their suffering, or so I heard a colleague say in a sermon this past Sunday. She and I have been pulpit sharing for almost six months now, and so, I had the pleasure of listening to her message via recording along with my own congregation. These people seek to control …