Over the last couple months, the Social Ministry Committee (the one that oversees the Crib Ministry, Sharing Tree, Dorothy Day House, and Minnesota FoodShare month) has had multiple smaller conversations about our role and calling in a world of increasing racial and religious tension, tensions that only often make worse the trials of economic instability. Many people at Good Shepherd Church know us historically as a community that serves. While the need to serve is still great, we must ask how we can build relationships with those not like us. How do we form relationships built on mutual appreciation and concern for our world and neighbor? How might we serve with and alongside a community that becomes more and more not like us every day?

As part of embracing these questions, our committee is entertaining a return to old language that more fully speaks to our call and hopes of what God is doing. What does it mean to you to know that we are “Church IN Society?”

To this end we encourage you to participate in this conversation. Help us discern what God is calling us to do and how we should put this call into practice. Our next meeting is Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 6:00pm. We hope to build from this first meeting into other opportunities as we look to the future and new pastoral leadership. If you cannot attend but wish to contribute to the conversation, please be in contact with me.

In peace,

Pastor Carl-Eric Gentes