life moves in seasons. some are painful, some joyful. regardless of our attachment to these seasons, they each come to an end, and give way to a new chapter of our lives being written – with or without our consent and approval.
in the words of solomon in his writing of the wisdom after proverbs ::
there is an appointed time for everything. and there is a time for every event under heaven.
a time to be born and to die; to plant and uproot that which has been planted; to kill and to heal; to weep and to laugh, to mourn and to dance.
there is a time to throw stones and to gather what has been thrown; a time to embrace and a time to shun embracing; a time to search diligently for that which has been lost and a time to admit ‘it isn’t coming back.’
a time to keep and throw away; a time to tear apart and to mend together; a time to be silent and a time to speak; a time for war, and a time for peace.
in short, there is a time for everything.
now is, for me, an ushering in of a new time, a new season. this new and exciting chapter in my life is an opportunity to utilize my skills, passions, experiences and education – to embark on a new challenge for which i have seen God preparing me for some time.
it’s time for me to leave richwoods and pursue an amazing opportunity with The Marin Foundation – a non-profit organization that works to build bridges between the LGBT community and the church.
elevating the conversation and dissolving the tension between the gay and evangelical communities is something i’ve grown increasingly passionate about over the past several years. if you’ve been a reader of this blog for any period of time, you know this dialogue is one i find terribly important and much needed – for both sides of the conversation.
as i prepare to leave peoria and the faith community to which i belong here, it brings me great joy to move forward with the blessing and support of the staff with whom and for whom i work. richwoods christian church has served as a tangible expression of God’s grace in my life over the past three years, and it will be difficult to leave the safety and security of these relationships.
throughout this next week on the blog i’ll dedicate a few posts to describing ::
• why i’m so deeply grateful for my time at richwoods
• how the past three years at richwoods have prepared me for this new opportunity
• when i’ll be moving to chicago and what i’ll be doing with The Marin Foundation
• what you can do to help be a part of this new chapter in my life
my desire is for you to be a part of this journey with me – as fellow travelers along the Way as we together seek to find what it looks like to shift what is currently seen as the acceptable medium of cultural engagement – the polarizing back-and-forth, win-lose || us-them || right-wrong || in-out rhetoric – into elevating the conversation to a way that better reflects the jesus we claim to follow.
i hope you’ll come along this journey with me as i seek to love and live in the way of jesus.
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