The late Kurt Vonnegut, popular Indiana novelist, said ‘the purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.’ Some such statement of purpose seems common to Wayshowers of many faiths. Hearing it from Vonnegut seems a stark, explicit kind of both challenge and opportunity — and makes me wonder who will show up the next time I walk through the door of life. I invite you to wonder , too. Wonder and notice, and respond. Several Sundays ago, the day the Pastoral Search Committee was holding their first organizing meeting, I shared in the morning service the definition I like best of a ‘pastor.’ The thing is, it seems definitive for us all. It is our reason to be. It is how we live out Ram Dass’ line, ‘we are here to walk one another home.’ Without it we might just see ourselves as jogging buddies with one another–when what we are about is to ‘help people give walk and voice to the entire experience of being human’. To live this out in general, we must live it out in the particulars of life, too. Pastor or ministers.
Ordained or not. For a little while longer now, may the bulletin of your heart read, ‘Pastor–Yvonne Brandenburg. Ministers–Us All!
By the way, Rev Jayne Kercheval is hoping to gather those interested to learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) over the next several months. If you are interested in looking into this, open the included attachment. If you are not able to open the attachment, she invites you to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to seeing you Sunday at 10:00.
Blessing and Peace, Yvonne