From the Rector

Chapter Eleven — Unite Your Sexuality and Spirituality

“Uniting our spirituality and our sexuality is an integral part of being the church, being the Body of Christ, with integrity.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Eleven.

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Coming Fully Alive

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

“The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”

So wrote Irenaeus of Lyons, a second-century bishop and theologian.

In the 20-some years since I first read those words in a seminary Patristics class, they have captured my heart as a vision for the church … as God’s dream for us all.

How are we about helping all of God’s children come fully alive?

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Chapter Ten — Forgive and Feel Freedom

“The call to forgiveness has consistently been used as a hammer against black and brown people, against people living in poverty, against anyone who comes up on the short side of a power analysis of our society.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Ten.

Chapter Nine — Stand on New Ground and Believe You Are Not Lost

“God continually calls us out of the old familiar ground to stand on new ground. As we come together at All Saints Church, we will be standing on new ground together.”

 “Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Nine.

Chapter Eight — Make a Small Change and See the Big Difference

“When I hear the word ‘radical,’ I tend to think of ‘extreme,’ and ‘wild.’ But what ‘radical’ really means is ‘root.’ It means getting down to the very essence, the most important thing.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Eight.

Chapter Seven — Make a Small Change and See the Big Difference

“The most profound and life-changing relationships in our lives all began with a simple meeting. They all began in some way with a small ‘yes,’ a small opening up, a small change.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Seven.

Chapter Six: Take the Longer Path

“The beloved community that proclaims original grace recognizes that the path to health and wholeness, the path into the very heart of the divine, is not a straight line… Any addict knows that relapse is a part of recovery.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Six.

Chapter Five: Think of the Stranger as God

“If we think of the stranger as God, we are not just concerned with making the stranger comfortable, we are living to serve the stranger.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Five.

Chapter Four: Find Your Place in the Circle

“All are welcome here. We say it. And we mean it. But do we really live it?”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Four.

Chapter Three: Cry With Your Creator

“If we are to be the beloved community, we need to cultivate living spaces where we can cry with our Creator, laugh with our Creator, even rage with our Creator.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Three.

 

Chapter Two: Proclaim Original Grace

“Sin isn’t the original thing, grace is original. And nothing can wipe away original grace.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Two.