How do we learn what it means to love God and neighbor in this mixed up, messed up, infinitely beautiful world?
I need your help.
Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires. Creation is groaning with anguish. What can I do to “till and keep” this earth that is our home?
I am white, cis-gender,* heterosexual, well-educated, born in Iowa. I have known privilege all my life. What does that mean for how I live? How do I understand Jesus’s words, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded” (Luke 12:48)?
Friends and colleagues who are people of color, LGBTQ, speak other languages, or come as immigrants encounter daily obstacles and discrimination that I have never faced. How do I love the stranger and sojourner? How do I love my neighbor?
I long for security and comfort in a world that is quick to tell me which possessions will make my life easier and how much money I need for retirement and what kind of protection will save me from disaster. How do I sort out my fears from my genuine needs? How do I know how much is enough? How do I learn to trust God for my security?
The news tells of vast chasms that divide us around politics, race, theology, wealth, and more. How do I practice both compassion and justice? How do I make peace and not simply avoid conflict?
Help me, Church. I cannot figure this out alone. I’m too scared to act by myself. I treasure a community of Jesus-followers who learn and practice together what it means to love God and neighbor in this mixed up, messed up, infinitely beautiful world.
Dear Church, help me be a disciple. Love, Jaymee
How does your faith community help people navigate these and other hard questions of living daily as disciples who bear witness to Jesus in the world?
*cis-gender: people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth