A Message from Rev. Tim Seery
Well, here we are in 2020. A new decade. A new year. Our world will undoubtedly be transformed by this decade, like it has been by every passing epoch of time in our history. This is an exciting time and I am optimistic about what this new decade will bring. Certainly many challenges are in store for us as we continue to widen the circle of inclusion, face the environmental and sustainability challenges of our time, and discern how we can ensure that all people have a fair shot in our society.
In 2020 the religious landscape of our world will continue to transform as well. We will be tasked with rising to the occasion of responding to these challenges with grace, prayer, and courage. We will continually need to stretch ourselves to go into our community and to show La Jolla and all of San Diego that we are an outpost of God’s radical love and inclusion. We will need to demonstrate with our lives the love of Jesus in our world, showing everyone that the church continues to be relevant, timely, and necessary as we progress deeper into the 21st century.
This is why my theme for us in 2020 is “What does it mean to be the church?” We are going to ask this question in many forms throughout the year. What is the church? What does it mean to “do” church? What does it mean to “be” the church? The church is not our bundling, it is us! We are Christ’s hands and feet in this world and I want to show all of you that church is so much broader and bigger than previously imagined. I hope you will join me in asking each other this question. What does it mean to be the church in 2020? Last year we rediscovered our own American continent through music, the year before we learned about who our neighbors are in this diverse city that we call home, and this year we will take that a step further. Who are WE? And what sort of neighbors do WE want to be?
It is going to be an exciting ride.