What do you need to grow spiritually?
“There is no quick and easy way to make the life of God the life we lead,” writes Sister Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun, theologian, and modern contemplative. “It takes years of sacred reading, years of listening to all of life, years of learning to listen through the filter of what we have read. A generation of Pop Tarts and instant cocoa and TV dinners and computer calculations and Xerox copies does not prepare us for the slow and tedious task of listening and learning, over and over, day after day, until we can finally hear the people we love and love the people we’ve learned to dislike and grow to understand how holiness is here and now for us.”
Our primary job as a community of faith is to help and to challenge our people in developing as followers of Jesus Christ, so that we may, in Sister Chittister’s words, grow into the holiness of God that is in the here and now. This is a lifelong process that cannot be done in one class or conversation, but rather over the course of many worship services, casual conversations, and learning experiences both inside and outside of the church building.
How can Christ Church Cathedral nurture and support you and yours in a life of spiritual renewal and transformation? As we reflect on and prepare for our next chapter of ministry together, we want to know: what would help to nourish your soul so that you can experience the holiness of God in the here and now and empower you to love and serve your neighbors with joy and fulfillment? What tools do you need to engage in what our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls the “loving, liberating, life-giving” Jesus movement? This Sunday, we hope you’ll join our Rise, Renew, Remember conversations after each worship service to share your thoughts, hopes, and dreams about the ways we can care for and nurture each other to do God’s work.
— The Very Rev. Gray Lesesne, D.Min.