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An Unending Symphony- Farewell from Pastor Ruth

Wow!  What great weekends we had on the 8th, 9th and 16th with the Climate March, Pride Parade, and Pride Sunday.  But why am I surprised?  Skyline Community Church not only talks the talk about justice issues but also walks the walk, often literally!  My not being free to take part in the Pride Parade reminds me once again that it is impossible – for humans, anyway! – to be in more than one place at a time.
I’m sure you have all had the feeling that there is so much work to be done to help heal God’s world.  Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start, and sometimes it feels like you’ll never finish.  I received some good advice today (Thank you, Nancy M.!),  Instead of being overwhelmed by all the injustice, prejudice,  and poverty that calls for a response, we should think like members of an orchestra.  Just pick up YOUR instrument and start playing!  When we each do that, when we each do what we can, our combined efforts can create some beautiful music.
However, we are playing an unending symphony.  Life is an unfinished business.  I am very aware of the unfinished business that I leave with you at the end of this month.  For instance, a conversation that began in response to the defacing  of our Black Lives Matter sign must continue.  Hopefully, those of you who have been reading the book “White Fragility” will share with each other what you have gleaned from your reading.  And hopefully you will be joined by others who wish to work together, looking inward as well as outward to strengthen your effectiveness in righting the wrong of prejudice wherever its ugliness appears.
As I get ready to pass the baton back to Pastor Laurie on Sept 26, I want to thank you all for your kindness, your passion, and your faith.  I have no doubt that the path you are taking as a congregation is leading toward the vision which God inspires in you: a world that more fully experiences the love that God has for all God has created.


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