What’s On Your Mind?

I made a decision early in my ministry that the most important contributions I could make would be through actions, not words.  My early years showed me that it’s easy for leaders to talk the talk.  Walking the walk, however, can be more challenging.

That’s one reason the so-called “little thing”s take on such importance to me.  I can begin every worship service by having the congregation say, “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here!” – but if folks watch the worship service unfold and hear only the English-language used; or see only white, affluent, people from one particular stage of life – those liturgical actions call the spoken words into question.

With that said, one of my passions in my blog is not to write about the things I think are interesting – or share only my particular viewpoint; my greatest passion is to use my blog to get OTHER people talking and sharing THEIR perspectives.  It’s a way of putting my belief that the world is a better place when we get to know each other and talk to each other in respectful ways.  It’s also my way of putting my belief in “flat” systems into practice (and by “flat” systems, I mean non-hierarchical ways of being where the pastor is considered “the expert” and the readers sign in to learn from her or him).  I believe every individual has something valuable to offer the world and that we should be learning from each other – not just the pastor.

I learned early on, however, that it would be a challenge to write only when others submitted questions or statements.  I would often go months waiting for that to happen.  So I am working on finding a mid-point.  When people submit questions or comments, I will always respond the submissions first.  When people don’t submit questions or comments, then I will jump in and share what I’m thinking about until someone does submit something.  It’s another way I’m working on establishing a sense of balance in my life and ministry.

So with that said – what’s on YOUR mind these days?  I’d love to hear what you are thinking about!  Hope to hear from you soon!

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About Pastor Craig

I'm a 51-year-old single, gay man who lives in Los Angeles, CA. My passion and vocation involve spirituality. I live with my Italian Greyhound Tupper and my passion for Houston sports. I'm looking to start wonderful conversations that spark spiritual growth in all of us!
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3 Responses to What’s On Your Mind?

  1. Kathy Brennan says:

    Obviously because of my job bring eliminated, here’s what’s on my mind: people in our society 60 years old and older and financial security ( or lack thereof). I have the skills to get another job, probably at a lower salary. But what of the millions of people who don’t have marketable skills and are struggling. They’re not poor, they’ve worked all their lives but now are seriously struggling. What as a society do we do for them?

  2. Andrea Frazer says:

    I am thinking a lot about social media influence and folk who claim to be more open to all walks of life but if you have a question they slam you from being uneducated. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of room for people trying to figure things out and learn in a safe environment. It feels a lot like the popularity click back in high school where the loudest, smartest, and wittiest person wins and we all must follow along with pom-poms or we are losers. I am at the point in my journey where I am willing to do what it takes to find myself despite opposition or closemindedness but what if you are not as brave as I am? I don’t mean that in a narcissistic way. I am almost 50 and done being a follower. I am concerned, however, for the younger generation who might feel they have to either just go along to get along or suppress questions. I’m terrified people are not allowed just to think and feel. This lack of connection has people doing crazy things like picking up guns. Again I did not mean to sound dramatic. It’s just what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts ?

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