Rector's Message: Together in Hope
One truth of the Christian faith is that each of us must find our own way, coupled with the truth that we cannot get there without one another. Heaven – be it in this world or the next – is a community endeavor. These past months upended many patterns in our lives. I find myself inclined to chart my own path, simplify, and focus on close relationships. I also find deep joy and energy in gathering with others, with neighbors, with you – for a conversation, through tears, prayers, laughter, a hug – even if awkward. Church is changing: we want to cut through the chaff and get to the stuff that matters. Aware in new ways of the fragility of this world and our lives, we are supporting one another, questioning past patterns and priorities – about our time, about race, our place in the systems of the economy, and our care for creation. This is what we’re up to as the people of St. Columba’s. I am excited; I am increasing my financial pledge to St. Columba’s this year; I hope you will join me. More than ever, we need one another, and the world needs the love we share as the body of Christ.
With a deep bow of gratitude for you,
The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin
“You are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” ~ I Cor 12:27 & 26