I see myself very much as a sower. We can argue endlessly about what kind of field we find ourselves in. I believe deeply that our possibilities as a church and a community of Christ are endless, if we have the vision to see them. The Church of the Good Shepherd has the resources to create spaces where all our people can learn and relearn the language of liberation as we submit to the demands of love.
Now, we are well positioned as we begin a new school year to reimagine how we can support our families as we commit to the wellbeing of our children and youth.
That is why we will have a conversation about how we can support our families this coming Wednesday, September 4, at 6pm in the Soul Café. We need the active participation of Good shepherd parents and the larger community as well. I know that we have resources that we have not tapped and now it is the time to make use of them. The effort will be facilitated by a small team of mothers from our congregation and we invite those who want to make a difference, and want to put on flesh on the bones of our baptismal vows, to join us on this venture.
Thus we are resurrecting the GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) program that points to the reality that our youth and children are fragile gifts that need of our commitment and our attention. If you want to be part of the team and join us do contact me either via phone or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We believe that, as a church, we owe each other the respect and honor of utilizing all that is within our power to make sure that the seeds being sown today bring to us the fruits of justice and peace.
Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz