Different Churches, Same Spirit, All Saints

This fall I had the privilege of leading workshops in three different states (Indiana, North Carolina, and Maine) for people from three different denominations (Brethren In Christ, Baptists, and United Methodists). In all three settings, there was a hunger to grow spiritually and to connect our faith in Jesus Christ to the realities of life in our society, especially in the area of racial justice/reconciliation. There is so much emphasis in today's culture on what separates people from each other. For many, the existence of different Christian denominations is another example of division. Yet my experiences this fall helped me realize that at their best denominations are different branches of the same family rather than competing factions. A few days ago on November 1, the Christian Church celebrated All Saints Day. This is a time to remember not only those who are designated as "saints" in certain Christian traditions, but also to remember those saints who touched our lives and who embodied the way of Jesus' love and faith. The pictures posted below come from the workshops I mentioned above. The people in the pictures are some of the saints of God in their own settings of Indiana, North Carolina, and Maine. I hope this reminds each of us to thank God for the ordinary saints in our lives and to follow the call of Jesus to be one of those ordinary saints in the settings and among the people where God has placed us.

  Brethren In Christ Great Lakes Conference Pastors and Spouses Retreat

Brethren In Christ Great Lakes Conference Pastors and Spouses Retreat

  Myers Park Baptist Church (Charlotte, NC) Deacons   Retreat

Myers Park Baptist Church (Charlotte, NC) Deacons Retreat

  Mid-Maine District United Methodist Church Resource Day

Mid-Maine District United Methodist Church Resource Day