A Message from Pastor Judy
Dear Hennepin Friends,
Greetings from St Louis, where I am a delegate to the special General Conference. I long to be with you this evening. I know the actions taken this week are causing pain and suffering in our beloved church. I am grieving and heartbroken and want you to be assured that the decisions of this body do not represent the views of the majority of US delegates. The majority of US delegates favor an inclusive church that includes people who hold a variety of views on human sexuality and yet believe we can exist and even thrive with a diversity of views on many things.
How can this be? We believe our unity is centered in our love of God and our neighbors. We believe we can be united in our mission to serve and heal a broken world. No matter what the General Conference decides today or any day, WE are the church. God is not finished with us yet. We are resurrection people. God's love will always prevail even when all seems lost.
Now more than ever before, LGTBQ persons and their families who have repeatedly been rejected and harmed by the church need all of us to stand firmly together with love, courage, and unwavering commitment to be the kind of church God envisions: a church where all people are welcome.
Hennepin will continue to support the inclusion of all people and we can do this better together. I thank you for your prayers and I welcome conversation. Our Strategic Council is making plans now to host congregational conversations. All of our pastoral staff are ready to offer a listening ear. I urge you to take time to listen carefully. We are not called to act out in anger or fear. We are rarely at our best when we make decisions from this place. I believe if we commit to prayerful work together, God will reveal the best steps forward so we may be found faithful in offering God's unconditional love and grace to all.
I am humbled and honored to be one of your pastoral leaders. I love all of you and I look forward to being with you on Sunday. May God comfort us in our pain and strengthen us for the work ahead.
In Christ's service together,
Pastor Judy Zabel