Being Community— A Time for New Beginnings
Our annual parish weekend in recent years has become a time for exploring and experiencing what it means to be true community. Acceptance of diversity in all its shapes and forms, a willingness to be honest with self and one another, and a commitment to the spiritual life and one another have become conscious aspects of being community.
The parish weekend is one in which we eat, pray, eat, dance, discuss, play, swim (did I say and eat) together. The format is a mixture of larger gathering sessions, small workshops. Saturday afternoon is completely yours.
This past year, St Bart’s community has gone through many goodbyes following our former rector Mac’s retirement. There have also been a number of staff and members leave as well, all for new and good horizons, states and countries! All have sought to be faithful to Christ in the decisions. We have cried and enjoyed great farewell parties. But now, as the discernment for a new rector moves into its final months, this particular parish weekend will find its context in the ‘new beginning’ stage of transition. How do we turn to the future and as a community? Let go of the old and be ready for the new? Make space in our lives for God’s new invitations to us?
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