Sacred Link Week 6
Category : Transitions
Week 6 in a series of digital sacred conversations about HUCC’s covenant. Guidance by Rev. Marijke Rossi.
Week six: Reconciliation
The purpose in reviewing the covenant as sacred conversation and in this way at this time is to continue the conversation we started before the pandemic; online because we can no longer meet in person. It is a way that can be helpful and move us along in this process before the new senior pastor arrives. We pray that it will be useful and healing for all of us.
We shall start each one of these sessions with an extension of grace and a request for grace, along with the guidelines used for all sacred conversations at HUCC:
- We will listen as we read to the content here and to others’ responses with respect, with discernment and without judgment.
- Let us respond in Love and caring for one another.
- As we respond let us do so with “I” language to promote each person’s voice including our own.
... to look honestly at our history so that wounds of the past may be healed and conflicts reconciled.
“I will celebrate fully and without reserve the ministry done by Holladay UCC these past fifty years. I will open myself to hear and acknowledge the mistakes made throughout that history. I will resist the temptation to block dialogue about uncomfortable times in the history of the church. I will resist the temptation to assign guilt or blame to another for past conflicts. I will do all that is within my power to reconcile with persons with whom I have had strong disagreements in the past.”
As we celebrate, open ourselves, resist, and do, all of the above, let us do so with an open heart. Our history is part of all that we are as a community. It informs our feeling of accomplishment. And informs fears in our lack of coming to full resolution on issues from which we have not healed. In order for us to celebrate our history fully, we must feel good about all aspects of our being together.
When we reconcile with those with whom we have had conflict, we can move forward with a clear understanding of relationship that truly honors all humans. As we experienced last week in our look at conflict resolution, we know this takes work. Please take to heart in that we can come to the table of reconciliation with no shame or guilt and analyze the situation in love and compassion.
Let’s make sure that we can celebrate fully in the future by honoring the process of reconciliation and working toward resolution in all times of conflict.
Please ask whatever questions come up for you as you revisit the covenant you entered into as a member of HUCC.
I invite us to reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The replies sent will help to inform the next phase of exploring our move forward.
Blessings, Pastor Marijke