Vocational Update and … What’s on Your Minds?

Hi there.  I wanted to give my readers a quick update about my vocational plans.  Originally, I announced that I was leaving as pastor of Woodland Hills Community Church on April 26.  Due to the COVID-19 crisis, however, I have delayed my departure so I could see the beloved congregation I serve through this crisis.  I will work with the church’s five-person Leadership Team to find a date when I will leave after things have settled down and returned to normal-ish.

With that said, for those who are not familiar with my blog – I use the site to live out one of my core values: engaging others (not showing how smart I am – spoiler alert: not very!).  With that in mind you should know I rarely write about what interests me.  I write about what’s on my readers minds.

“How do you know what’s on their minds?” you ask.

It’s pretty simple.  I ask them.   With that said, I am now going to open things up to my readers and ask, “What’s on your mind?”

As you prepare to submit a question/comment, PLEASE know this.  I have a VERY diverse group of readers.  Some are agnostic.  Some are evangelical.  Some are atheist.  Some are Jewish.  You name it.  My readers represent that segment of our society.  While I will try to be as respectful and inclusive as possible in my responses to the questions and issue you raise; it is important, however, to say that my responses will come from my perspective as a non-creedal Christian.  As you interact with other readers, I ask that you be kind and gentle with each other and respect that others will be coming from different places than you.  I consider that to be a good thing.

Also, know this about me.  I’m not very interested in using my space to point fingers at people/groups and talk about what’s wrong with the world.  There are already PLENTY of people out there making big bucks doing that.  Early in my life, I adopted a motto that has guided my life and ministry: “You are either part of the problem or part of the solution.”  I’m ALL about being part of the solution.  By embracing the principles of respect and kindness in the words you submit, I hope those readers who comment will also choose to be a part of the solution – and not a part of the problem by using words that stoke fear, disgust or further division.

So what’s on your minds today?  (If I get multiple responses , I will write on the questions/responses in the order they are received.)

About Pastor Craig

I'm a 53-year-old who lives in Los Angeles, CA with his black Labrador Retriever named Max. I'm an ordained clergy person in the United Church of Christ. My passions include spirituality, politics, and sports (Go Houston teams, go!). I use my blog to start conversations rather than merely spout my perspectives and opinions. I hope you'll post a question, comment, or observation for me to respond - so we can get the conversation started!
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