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Statement of Sanctuary
As a community of the people of God, we are called to minister to all
people in our world, knowing that the world is often an unloving place.

Christ calls us to reconciliation and wholeness.  We are challenged by

the Gospel to be agents of healing within our society.

 

 

 

 

Writer Anne Lamott tells the story of how travel plans went wrong for lecturer Carolyn Myss during a trip to Russia. When she complained to a travel companion who worked for the Dalai Lama, he said they believe “something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible”. In the Gospel for this coming Sunday: the parable of the growing seed, the incremental growth occurs as the sower is distracted in daily tasks. As the seed grows of its own accord into fullness, so too does the kingdom amid the busyness of everyday life. In the movie Groundhog Day, the character Phil Connors is doomed to repeat the same day. Although Phil becomes accustomed to his new life, he also begins to notice changes, however gradual, that provide for the ultimate resolution. So too in the parable of the mustard seed, the kingdom is found in phenomena that may seem insignificant at the moment but in time result in provision and relief.

 

 

A Message from Katy Grindberg, Assistant to the Bishop
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As I write this, I am deeply thankful. I am thankful for the powerful Synod Assembly that we just experienced in Sacramento June 1-3. I am thankful for the many people who worked to make Assembly a reality and a positive experience for so many. I am thankful for the many ways the Holy Spirit was made known among us in conversation and worship and prayer and deliberation, and yes, in voting.
 
I also am thankful for what is upcoming. On July 4, I begin on a 3 month sabbatical leave. I am deeply thankful for this time and for the funds allocated to attend to my learning and my leisure, in order to return in early October refreshed and renewed for this work we are about together as Church.
 
I will begin my time in Baltimore - attending an Organizer training with Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), where I will be immersed in learning about how organizing principles and skills can be applied to the work of congregations and ministries as they live out their call to Love Neighbor. Then I move to Minnesota for time with family and friends, and to attend a week-long Core EQ-Human Relations Workshop through EQ-HR. I'll return to Sacramento on Amtrak (!) and then for much of August and September I'll be spending time in Northern CA and in other places with friends, and by myself - reading, resting and just 'being.'
 
I'll admit to a little trepidation as I think of about 3 months away from the rhythms and responsibilities of work, and what that will mean for how I spend my time and keep myself occupied. As a single person with no children, this is a different equation for me, than for other folks with sabbatical experience with whom I've been in conversation with. As someone for whom work is probably my main defining 'thing', being away from that will be an adventure in self-discovery and learning!
 
Your prayers for my time away are appreciated - for me, and for the staff who will continue the work of ministry we share together as synod and as church.
 
God's blessings,
Pr. Katy Grindberg

 


 
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