How did you get such learning
without having been taught?
When Jesus went to the temple courts and began to teach, the learned ones were amazed and wondered how in the world this so-called "uneducated" man had gotten to be so smart. I imagine that they had expected him to know nothing at all since they had not taught him anything. In other words, they had not had a chance to limit his thinking to fit within their narrow frame. Simply because Jesus did not behave or speak in the ways they wanted and expected, the religious authorities of the day demonized, imprisoned, and ultimately killed him.
- Have you ever known something that you had never been taught?
- Did you share what you knew with anyone else?
- Were you believed?
- Is there someone else whose truth-telling you do not believe today?
- Which is the greater challenge for you: not to believe or not to be believed?
O God, in the midst of this Lenten Season,
Grant us courage to speak the truth of our limited understanding,
Strength to carry on even when our truth is not believed,
Faith to believe new truths,
And wisdom to expand our knowing
So that we and others might live.And so it is. Amen.
by Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
on behalf of the
Metropolitan Community Churches Council of Elders
Elder Nancy G. Maxwell, Convener
Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
Elder Nancy G. Maxwell
Rev. Elder Dr. Candace R. Shultis
Rev. Elder Mona West, PhD
Following the example of Jesus, New Creation MCC is a living model of acceptance and welcome, built on faith instead of fear; hope instead of judgment, love instead of rejection.
The network will again be having a retreat at Sister's of Charity, Mount St. Joseph's in Cincinnati
May 19-20, 2017
This is a beautiful spot, and we had a great time relaxing and recharging last year.
Just type newcreationmcc.org in your phone or tablet.