When the Anamesa Ministerial Team gathered in Milwaukee last month, it was the first time many of our NACCC friends got to meet Rev. Bob. While he was making new friends, I was off enjoying time with old friends who live nearby.
I did sight-seeing with Amy who I knew from my advertising days. Had brunch with her husband Charlie, a member of Anamesa. A few days later I had dinner with Sarah and Charlie who grew up in the church I was called up in. And after that, I got a phone call from one of my oldest friends from high school. All this while being surrounded by many of my besties in ministry.
In the song Just Breath by Pearl Jam there’s a verse that kept swirling around in my head - “Oh I’m a lucky man, to count on both hands the ones I love. Some folks have one, yeah others they got none.” I often count my blessings in the faces of friendships I’ve made throughout my life.
I am a lucky man to have my Anamesa tribe to be on this pilgrimage with. And luckier still with you sharing this sacred space with us. I often imagine what might happen if we introduced our friend groups, like we did with Rev. Bob.
Last week, Rev. Dawn planted this seed about having A Bring A Friend To Church event! This week, I’m watering it. We believe if we all did this together, we could grow something amazing.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”