One of the most popular things to do at Diocesan Council this weekend was to go to a photo-booth and get our picture taken holding the letters ‘WE’.
Since I have the attention span of a flea unless there is a narrative being told, Diocesan Councils can’t help but be kind of boring to me. They are after all business meetings, mostly, and yet this weekend in College Park, there was this “dearest freshness deep down things,” as GM Hopkins puts it, because sometimes ‘WE-NESS” WOULD JUST WELL UP AMONGST US!! Do you know what I mean?
Another reason why the gathering worked for me was that WE did tell some stories. Here’s one I didn’t tell because I was too busy living it.
So here is my very short story: I saw Ann. I burst into tears and then pulled myself back together and introduced her to Gretchen Chateau. WE went back to our table. A little while later, Ken Stewart said, “Do you see Ann Cramer over there? Every time I have ever spoken in front of any group, I always look for her smiling face because then my words come out better.” Coincidence? I think not! Message! To me and you: Friends, may WE go and do likewise. Like Anna, WE really can light up a room JUST BY LISTENING! And WE can make WORDS come out better!)
Gretchen (of the most fabulous bow ties in the universe) and I decided to look around and point out some other people who help words come out better, thus incarnating the WE at the heart of human community. Here’s Gretchen:
"I love words. l think words are holy."
Gretchen again: “I think WE really need to work on how we use words. The reason for that is twofold:
1)WE humans are made in the image of God, so it’s reasonable to think WE are a word from God.”
And Gretchen says, “2) Word with a capital “W,” i.e., Logos, is how God chose to reveal God’s self, Jesus Christ, the Word of God;”
Gretchen continues, “If all those things are true, shouldn’t WE treat words with utmost reverence? Words are holy. Let’s use them with that in mind. I’m pretty sure we’ve fallen short of that ideal for the last 20 months or so leading up to Nov. 8 and beyond.
As Bishop Wright says, WE need to #lovelikeJesus, so WE also need to #wordlikeJesus. WE need to do that coming and going, so that WE receive others’ words without biased prescreening, and give OUR words to others remembering Who we’re representing, that is, The Word.”
Good plan, Gretchen. Good Word. Around this block, may WE live into the power of WE wherever WE find outselves.
And here are two last WE photos. Recognize these three ladies? Today they are doing something special.
Kim Jackson you may have noticed is not in the picture above (nor was she at Council) because she was getting ready to preach at Noelle’s installation. And here she is saying, ““I came up from Atlanta to tell you that God is calling you to sing a new song!” The Rev. Kimberly Jackson bringing the word this morning!
Aren’t WE blessed? Yes WE are. God is good. All the time. Why don’t WE just live on into that WORD?