A minister's blog
This is the first post of a new blog at Glen Rhodes United Church, from me, Robin Wardlaw. Our annual meeting was a few weeks ago. At it we formally adopted our new purpose statement: Working to build God's dream. Help wanted! We worked hard for many months to figure out a brief way of explaining who we are, and we are excited about it.
This short statement captures this congregation's commitment of long standing to a world of peace and justice. Or at least, we hope it does! It's very general, so it's open to interpretation. That's where the congregation's goals and values come in, helping to make the vision more specific.
The two words at the end, 'Help wanted,' are a way to say to our neighbours that we would like to work with anybody who shares this vision. Our sense is that there are many people in the area who are just as committed as Glen Rhodes to respect, sharing, fairness and compassion. This is the congregation's way of saying, let's work together.
More about our ideas of what we could be doing together in the neighbourhood and the world in the weeks to come.
I look forward to comments, suggestions and discussion about the purpose statement, the goals and values, or whatever is on your mind, so add something if you would like.
Our Purpose and Mission Statement
Working to build God's dream. Help wanted!
We the people of Glen Rhodes United Church, are determined that our life together will be fully inclusive for people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, differing abilities, ethnic origins and economic circumstances. Therefore, we hope that God will work in us so that we will be a sensitive congregation, willing to share our faith and gifts in language and worship, in the life and work of our church and wherever God calls us to do justice in the wider community, with compassion, fun and laughter