The Downtown Church

The News from the Pews - SEPT 13

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Greetings from The Downtown Church! This is a bi-weekly email with information about events, updates, and other fun things from the leadership of the church.

This morning I read these words from theologian Richard Rohr. He was writing about how humanity has used scapegoating as a means of denying our own responsibility and projecting our “shadow” onto others.

"He (Jesus) did not come to change God’s mind about us. It did not need changing. Jesus came to change our minds about God - and about ourselves - and about where goodness and evil really lie."

Changing our mind about God? In my experience, I have met many people who are waiting for God to turn away from them as they see God as a cruel judge. I’ve met others who seem to be begging God to turn toward them, believing God has already seen them unworthy. There are others who have projected their own “shadow” onto God, and in so doing, have diminished themselves and their capacity to embrace and experience God.

I believe The Downtown Church, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is part of teaching and sharing the mind of God revealed in Jesus Christ. I am passionate about people learning and embracing the grace of God, the love of God, the absolute mercy and justice of God. I am sold out that the way of Jesus Christ is the way of transforming each of us and the world. I am astounded by the power of the Holy Spirit to move in and among us. Through it all I am grateful for the front row seat I have to watch God use this particular body of Christ to change minds about God.

Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

See you Sunday,
Lori

We had a great crowd for the first week of our NEW multi-generational Sunday morning group. If you missed it, all are welcome to jump in as Heather Blair leads this study called The Head and the Heart: dipping our whole selves into the experience of the Psalms. We’ll examine a different Psalm each week - engaging our minds in study, our hearts in empathy, and our lives in kindred experiences.

Pastor Lori will lead a Next Steps Class this Sunday after worship for anyone interested in United Methodists, the history and vision of our church, or how to become a member of The Downtown Church. If you're planning on joining, just reply to this email and let us know.
Pastor Lori is starting a new Bible study on the New Testament. It starts on Wednesday, September 18, and will run 8-weeks. This video series follows two theologians as they breakdown the culture and context of the New Testament writings. All are invited to this fascinating study! 
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