These two words could be spoken at a child dedication, a baptism, or a wedding. Each of these occasions honors a particular way of being in relationship. One in which mutual commitments offer themselves as fertile soil for growth and flourishing.
These words also show up in the middle of our new Membership Commitment statement. Congregational life is, if nothing else, relational. Our relationship with one another. Our relationship with creation and the Divine. “We commit…” is followed by seven different statements that name who we aspire to be together.
Those statements will serve as a basis for a seven week worship series beginning this Sunday. The focus won’t be so much on membership – we’ll save that for the spring – as it will be on taking a deeper dive into these core commitments. This is fresh language for us, and hopefully offers itself as fertile soil.
This week: “We commit to gather for worship and around the table where everyone is welcome.”
The whole statement is posted on our website HERE.
In looking this over again, these seven commitments feel like a companion piece to the Twelve Scriptures project we did back in 2014, another way of stating what is of central importance to us. Both processes invited input through focus groups as a way of listening to one another and moving toward a final something we could claim together.
Too many commitments, or commitments with a legalistic emphasis, can be overbearing. But there’s something necessary, even freeing, about commitments that remind us how to be in right relationship with those around us, and how our lives might be a small reflection of the Divine life.