See how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in harmony!
- Psalm 133:1
Last Sunday in worship we talked more about our "A Time for Everything" sermon series based on the Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. The pairs of words mentioned in that Bible passage help us find balance in our lives today. The last two weeks we have looked at some challenging passages like "a time to die" and "a time to kill." Given the recent tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, as people of faith we struggle to see how God is at work in our world.
In talking about that passage Sunday, I shared that I am part of a newly formed inter-faith clergy group from Johns Creek. We are a group of religious leaders from Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations. We usually meet each month for breakfast. We have begun to know and trust each other. We also realize how all of us are experiencing many of the same challenges in our congregations. While we do not agree on everything, we find we agree much more than we disagree. We do not ignore our differences. In fact, this gathering is a great place to explore exactly how we are different.
After the tragic events of the past weeks, we decided to create a statement we could all support. This is something we do agree on. We believe that the kind of violence we have seen recently is wrong and not what God wills for our world. We are also called to do whatever is right to end this. Our statement can be found at the link below.
Johns Creek Interfaith Alliance Letter
It was also meant to be a public statement. Perhaps it will model for our community how those who have different religions and even ethnic backgrounds can come together to work for something good. It was also printed in the Johns Creek Herald Monday under "Letters to the Editor." Please continue to pray for God's peace in our world. Also, pray about what God is calling you to do to make a positive difference here and now.