- Our next action was to invite people to participate in StoryCorps' latest project. StoryCorps and the National Institute for Civil Discourse are organizing a “One Small Step” conversation with another person of faith who holds different political views. I am pleased that 13 of our members have applied to take part in this important exchange. More to come on that.
- Our next action was to invite people to hear Bishop Michael McKee speak on May 16 on this issue. Out of the roughly 350 people in attendance at Lovers Lane UMC that night, almost of 50 them were FirstChurch members. We were proud to have that many of our members come to that meeting, and pleased to hear the Bishop speak candidly about these recent decisions and the need to remain welcoming and inclusive.
- Our next action was to announce our involvement with the Pride Block Party here in the Arts District, and to call for volunteers - FirstChurch stepped up to the challenge. We will have more than 30 volunteers offering hospitality to the LGBTQ+ community and allies for this event June 21. It will be a great evening of fellowship and fun with our neighbors.
As I have said before, I am continually energized by the love you have for this church, as well as our mission to grow disciples, connect communities and serve the world. We have more work to do, but I look forward to what the remainder of 2019 brings.
Together, we are held...
In God's Love,
Dr. Andy Stoker