The Living Stones leadership team met on August 14. It was a wonderful way to end my year-long Center for Congregations Resource Grant for several reasons, which encapsulate the successes of our work this year.
Built to Last: Celebrating 150 years at Trinity: 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of Trinity’s historic church building. After our successful February anniversary event, two anniversary events remain this fall. Each event has a different character and has been geared to a different audience.
In light of the news reports, you might be wondering what you can do. The United Methodist Women gave a call to action last week and offered suggestions of what we can do to turn our faith, hope and love into action on behalf of immigrant children who do not have the power to help themselves.
The call to action says, in part:
We give God thanks for United Methodists who are providing compassionate care to migrants at the border. Border Conferences have established relief centers for migrants. United Methodists from other regions of the country continue to support migrants seeking asylum with their time, talent and treasures. United Methodist congregations across the country have opened their doors to provide sanctuary for those immigrants whose lives would be endangered if they were to be deported to their home countries. UMCOR has been a partner in assisting this connectional work. The General Board of Church and Society has led us faithfully in our advocacy work in support of justice for the migrant and the immigrant. United Methodist Women have also been a strong voice in advocating for the rights of immigrant children and families.
One of the suggestions UMW offers is to work with local organizations that help immigrants in your area. Locally, you can volunteer at Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Immigration Clinic or join the Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies.
Other actions include:
Edited from a letter by Susan Henry-Crowe
It has been a great two months for Fusion. Julieann’s culinary offerings never disappoint. And our storytellers have been amazing. In June Rev. Amanda Guthrie shared the process whereby she served as a Chaplain in a hospital setting, showing us the importance of asking, “What will help this person?” And Amber shared a homily from the Gospel of Mark chapter 5, which highlighted Jesus’s restorative love, as he brings an exiled demoniac back into fellowship.
Our July storyteller, Priya Sirohi, an Artist and doctoral student in Rhetoric & Composition, told her story of seeking identity, expression and belonging, and shared her beautiful artwork with us. Check out her work at @KoshaStudio on Facebook and Instagram.
Join us at Fusion on August 19 at 6pm to hear from Rep. Christine Campbell. More info found at www.facebook.com/TrinityFusion
The two Story Suppers were fantastic events. We were able to share in the stories of Trinity over the past 50 years. We shared collectively, as well as by table. Table leaders collected audio recordings of the conversations. This audio will be transcribed and collected into a report which will be made available to the congregation. The best audio samples will be preserved for the archives additionally.
This has been a joy.
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