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  I look forward to hearing from some of you. I look forward to speaking to many of you. I look to seeing you at church this Sunday! And, I pray that God will give all of us the strength to do the work that we have been called to do. Remember, I am always your partner in justice.




Dear Broadway Community,


“I didn’t realize who I was until I stopped being who I wasn’t.” ~ Unknown


“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” ~ Maya Angelou


    These were the two quotes I had used as “Centering Words” last Sunday but these words have been speaking to me throughout the week. I realize how often we mold ourselves into being who the world, the society, your family has wished you would be and sometimes even we make that ‘wish-mold’ for ourselves and try to you fit into it- even when we realize that is not the ‘real’ me.


    Our hope at church this week has been to try to help all of us to feel free to live lives that we are created to live and be who we are created to be. With that in mind, we had created the sermon series and have been intentional in picking music and liturgy and stories/references from the Bible that were affirming of all people to live authentic lives-just as God has created each one of us.


    Preparing for last Sunday, reflecting on the centering words that we used, and listening to the song, “Who I am” by Ty Nic have challenged me, yet again, to look deep within me and see if I truly am living the life that I am called to live! I do not have an answer but the quest is on. I invite you to the same quest for your own life.


    But I also invite all of us to think about that in relation to our church. As a church, we have been a roller-coaster journey which has taken us on a long ride and the end does not seem to be in sight. The experience however, has caused me to pause and think- if we, as Broadway community, are living authentic lives? Are we really who we claim we are? Are we doing what God has truly called us to do? I am on the quest and ask you to help me! If you have further questions, ideas ad insights- I am open o hearing them> Give me a call, send me a text, let us plan to sit down and chat about it over coffee or a meal. I am open to anything. It is time we stop living into someone else’s mold for us. Let us together figure out who we are- so we can work towards living into it fully and authentically.