The Annual Address of the Rector to the Parish is always part of the All Saints Church Annual Meeting — and this year, rector Mike Kinman offered that address from the pulpit on Sunday, March 5th at all four services.
Giving up something for Lent is one time honored choice for a spiritual discipline during the forty day journey to Easter. So is taking something on. This year I’ve decided to take on rather than give up … and here’s a reprise of the Huffington Post piece I wrote explaining how I made that choice.
Becca Stevens on Sunday, February 26, 2017:
“We learn that gratitude is a path up that mountain. That we find gratitude even for the brokenness. And that we find gratitude even for the storms we experience on the way.”
Mike Kinman on Sunday, February 19, 2017:
“We must view one another as indispensable, for evil is eradicated when hearts are turned — and there is no future without forgiveness.”
Zelda Kennedy on Sunday, February 12, 2017:
“When we share comfort, healing, forgiveness, and acceptance with one another, we become one together, leaning and depending on one another. As community, we learn that we do not have to bear our burdens alone. We have each other.”
Mike Kinman on Sunday, February 5, 2017:
“What if we are salt and light not just for ourselves but for the world. For the whole world? What if the same salt that was Cesar and Dolores is in us? What if the same light that burned in Rosa and Martin burns in us? After all, Jesus says so. What if the world is waiting for us? What if it all depends on us?”
Mike Kinman, Zelda Kennedy and Sally Howard in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, January 29, 2017:
“I love that this community cares about prayer so much that we packed this room for this conversation… Let’s keep the conversation going, not just with me but with each other.”
Mike Kinman on Sunday, January 29, 2017:
“The good news is no matter how bad it gets we know that we have been there before — and that God always shows up.”
Sheri Bonner and Susan Russell in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, January 22, 2017:
“Abortion rates are lower than they’ve ever been. That’s a story we need to tell, too. The reason so many fewer woman are having abortions is because they have access to birth control… If you really want fewer abortions, then Planned Parenthood is the way we get there.”