I am delighted that we have a number of new folks, and some who have been around awhile, to participate in the Joining Ceremony on May 7 during the service. Anyone who has “signed the book,” but has not been through the ceremony, is invited to join us. Let Margaret know.
The Annual Congregational Meeting will follow the service on May 21. It is another opportunity to practice a meaningful experience passed to us by our ancestors, namely, the practice of pure democracy. Thomas Jefferson’s writing about democracy in the 1760’s and 70’s were inspired, in part, by the Cambridge Platform, the agreement made by the Congregationalists of New England in 1636 (which included us at the time) to practice church life (congregational polity) through a one person one vote process. No top down leadership, instead governance by sacred agreement (covenant) to make decisions through friendly, respectful debate to reach decisions that reflect the spirit of the congregation. That remains our goal today. There are worries that abound right now about the state of the world. May we pray and act to make a difference in that world that needs us.