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Julie’s Jar, “Tradition”

Tradition…

Thanksgiving is filled and fraught with tradition. When you think of the traditions of Thanksgiving that were part of your life 20, 30, 50 years ago, what has changed and what has stayed constant? The people change as loved ones and friends come in and out of our lives through death, birth and moving. Even the food may have changed for some as families blend and bring their special dishes.

The changing of our cherished traditions can be disruptive. “It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without….” Fill in the blank. Our Thanksgiving celebration has changed over the years. We’ve hosted only once, camped a lot and been to my Dad’s and his wife, Marilyn’s. There’s always turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, green beans prepared in a variety of ways, etc. The constant is gathering over a long meal that takes a lot of prep and a long time to clean up with people we don’t often get to see.

Churches in our country remember Thanksgiving each year, not because it’s a holy day in our calendar, but because it is a holy reminder that we are called to live from a place of gratitude. Thanksgiving resonates with our conviction that all we have and are is gift from a generous Creator.

Congregations across our country are facing disruption, regardless if they are seen as traditional or contemporary in their worship style. The practice of gathering with people over the sacred meal of communion is more and more an anachronism, a relic for many people. Regardless of the traditions around which we gather at Christ’s table, the constant we share is the welcome of God in Christ, the hospitality we experience through the grace of God. It is a constant worth keeping and worth sharing with people who still do not know how deeply and richly they are loved. It is a constant worth keeping and sharing so people can come home to their true home in God.

Julie’s Jar, On “The Gathering”

On “The Gathering”

Thank you for being First Christian Church of Pomona, a place where the edges of our region met on Oct. 22nd. Thank you for being a people of tremendous Christian hospitality, without guile in the midst of fun and frustrations. I am deeply grateful especially to Ginger Eckeard, for spear heading our combined efforts. She regularly attended meetings of the planning committee, followed up with phone calls and much, much more. Those of you who had time and capacity pitched in and made the event “one of the best regional gatherings/assemblies ever in the PSWR”. This was an oft heard and repeated phrase during and after the event.

That’s right, you laid the foundations of hospitality, rolled with the changes, stepped up to serve when the ground shifted and made a place for God’s Spirit to move more easily through the entire event. Sure, it’s not rocket science, but we weren’t making rockets. We were doing something that is even harder:  creating a safe and welcoming environment for people from a wide variety of backgrounds – theologically, politically, economically, socially, ethnically, etc.

Mike and I are so proud and grateful to serve such an amazing congregation that seeks to be a people of grace. May the grace of God fill you with whatever you need this week to be the creative child of God you are.

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Julie’s Jar

Jesus was born into a culture of violence. Games of brutality were popular with men fighting one another, sometimes to the death. Often they were forced to fight for their lives. This was considered entertainment. Keeping the peace or Pax Romana, was done by military force. It is not so different today.

Games of brutality are played on fields where brain trauma is inflicted and bones broken. Games of brutality are played on TV and computer screens. Games are played with laser guns and paint guns. Where does the line of “game” and “reality” lie?

Jesus was born into a culture of violence and as God’s ambassador lived and taught a different way. Jesus still shows us the way out of violence. It is to care for the outcast, heal the sick and wounded in body and spirit, feed the hungry, shelter those without shelter, and love our enemy.

Paul saw that he and all others who bear the name “Christian” were ambassadors for God.

Let us continue to run the race that is set before us, looking to Christ our savior, the pioneer and perfector of our faith who shows us a far better way, God’s way. It is the way that brings hope, deepens compassion and transforms us into people of peace.

We are on this way at FCC Pomona where we are working with other faith communities to address the crisis of housing in our place and time, providing space for emergency shelter on our campus, supporting food security programs in our communities, providing a safe place for young children to receive quality education and care and so much more. We are God’s antidote to the culture of violence. Let us continue to support each other and grow this important work of God.

Julie’s Jar

I imagine there are some people who are sad, angry or indignant that the fourth grade mission project, once a rite of passage for parents of California 4th graders, has gone the way of the dinosaur. I am not one of them. One day, after both our children had moved on from the 4thgrade, I walked down an entire aisle in Michael’s in which one side was devoted to “California Mission Art Projects”. These words formed in my mind as I strolled incredulously down the aisle: “I wish these were available when our kids were in the fourth grade.”

We are parents that for the most part, insisted that student projects were not parent projects. I have seen amazing Mission replicas that were created by certified engineers, and I don’t mean the kind that drives a train. Mission replica projects were a way to divide families into categories: parents that don’t do their kids’ homework, parents that won’t help with their kids’ projects, parents who get how competitive the project is and how much pressure is put on students so they “help” as much as they can, parents who don’t have the money to buy an art project like the ones I saw in Michael’s. I could go on and on, but won’t.

sheepNew occasions teach new duties, or so wrote St. Augustine over 1500 years ago. The mission system was not the bucolic, pastoral scene of kind and Christian love which was taught when I was in the 4th grade. We’ve learned just how tragic and cruel it was for the original Californians who had well established communities and economies before the Spanish showed up. The immigrants from Spain were able to subdue and diminish those indigenous Californians because they had more deadly weapons and disease on their side. The other factor is one that sadly continues to this day: seeing other human beings as less than human because they don’t resemble “us”. They don’t talk like us, eat like us, look like us, dress like us, fight like us, worship like us.

When Jesus told the parable of the sheep and goats it was in part about seeing people who are not like us. “When did we see you, Jesus?” When you gave water to the thirsty, food to the hungry, visiting me in prison, clothed me when I was naked. Jesus invites us to see him in people whose life is different from our own, and by extension, to see ourselves.

It is vital that we hear the stories of the people who were and are still marginalized by a culture that seeks to dominate over and diminish others. Those are the stories Jesus saw and listened for during his ministry. Making room for those stories to be told and heard is part of the calling of the church today.

Julie’s Jar, “Trying Something New”

~Trying Something New~

The first Spiritual Practices of Pomona Meet Up group met last night. 12 people RSVPd who are not associated with the congregation. One actually was brave enough to show up! Four church members were present, the visitor and a Disciples clergyperson serving at Urban Mission in Pomona.

Our time together was amazing and transformative. It was remarkable how deeply we connected in such a short time. Everyone left with an increased sense of well-being. It was clear to me that God’s Spirit was present in and among us all.

As we practiced together, I looked around the room and thought, “If groups of people did this every week all over the world, the world we be a different and more compassionate place.” In many ways, I believe that the gathering of people in worship is one of the activities that holds the world together. Worship in different faith traditions holds space for thinking and caring for people who are hurting and marginalized. What was significant about our time on Tuesday night as we practiced Reiki was our collective openness to the working of God among us, without reservation.

What if our Sunday worship was a collective openness to the working of God among us, without reservation? It’s not an easy thing to do. Each of us comes from a variety of situations that includes deep concern and hopeful celebration. Each of us brings various distractions and various degrees of willingness to be open.

God is indeed at work in and among us at FCC Pomona. I invite you to consider what you might do to enter the space and time of worship with more intentional, conscious openness to God. And I invite you to consider joining one of our Reiki Share events to experience for yourself this prayerful presence of God in the company of God’s people.

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