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Living Love

Something exciting is taking shape at Clarendon United Methodist Church and we want to share it with you!.

In the fall of 2016, the staff at Clarendon began to sense that God was leading us to consider a church-wide spiritual focus.  The topic that kept surfacing for us was love - how can we embody Christ’s love in challenging times?  We gathered other church leaders together to share what we were hearing, and this dialogue affirmed our thoughts.  We made a commitment to gather regularly to discern next steps.  

Gradually - through prayer, conversation, preaching and listening - the theme Living Love emerged, and God brought three areas of focus to the forefront:

  • First - Living love at Clarendon United Methodist Church.  This is a wonderful family of faith with rich relationships and deep spiritual roots.  And God revealed to us that we have the opportunity to grow in grace - to increase our skills in respectful discourse and compassionate listening as we address the issues that face every church.
  • Secondly - Living love in the global United Methodist Church.  As a denomination, we are approaching a crossroads regarding our positions about human sexuality, and there are significant decisions that may soon be facing the church.  We have sensed that God wants us to prepare for such a crossroads with love as our guide.
  • Our third focus is Living love in our nation.  How are we getting along with our fellow Americans in such turbulent and contentious times?  God is showing us that love can be used as a catalyst to adopt a new posture of trust toward each other as neighbors and citizens with a focus on mutual openness, wonder and respect.

Love is alive in Jesus Christ, and we believe that God is calling us to take our love to the next level in this church.  The Holy Spirit is moving in our midst, and by reading this and connecting with this faith community, you are already part of the plans God is revealing!  

We need your prayers and perspective as we move forward.  At our Easter Sunday worship services in April, we asked those in attendance for feedback on what we have discered.  Did you miss it?  You can read the full presentation and follow instructions on how to respond here:  Living Love Easter Presentation.pdf.  

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