St. John's Blog
“By becoming good neighbors, we become who we’re supposed to be. As a result, our communities become the places that God intended them to be.” - Jay Pathak, The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door
In this moment - when the stain of bigotry has once again covered our land, and when hope, frankly, sometimes seems far away, when we must now remember new martyrs of the way of love like young Heather Heyer - it may help to remember the deep wisdom of the martyrs who have gone before.
Last month I had the privilege and great joy of serving as chaplain to the Counselors-In-Training (CITs) at Camp Chickagami. Many things impressed me about our diocesan summer camp, among them the thoughtfulness and great care that goes into training and equip- ping our young people for leadership roles at camp and in life. Included in the personality inventories, the role playing, and the question and answer sessions, we reviewed and discussed Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; we considered the consequences that come when the basic needs of campers go neglected and we get lost in the more lofty conversations of “self-actualization."
My prayer is that we in the Episcopal Church will, in this and all things, follow the way, the teachings and the Spirit of Jesus by cultivating a loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, all others in the human family, and with all of God's good creation.