shall we teach them? Who can lead us in this endeavor? Who among us has special gifts to share in this area?
Above all, how is God calling us to fulfill our baptismal covenant? In our relationship with the children among us, how are we called to “proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being”? How are they called to do this?
Please join us as we will today to begin to discern together the answers to these questions. For the next two weeks, we will enter a time of prayer and listening to the Holy Spirit regarding our Sunday school; we will seek spiritual consensus about what direction to take, what Quakers call “the sense of the meeting.” This means quiet times of prayer and talking together; it means building bridges and looking for new ways to approach situations;
listening carefully to pinpoint areas of agreement and build on them; looking for ways to reconcile differing points of view, perhaps accommodating opposing sides of an issue. Building group consensus in this
way often leads to surprising results. Most of all, it requires openness and a willing heart.
On August 17 we will meet to share what we are hearing and see if a way has opened to us. We’ve identified two weeks as the time period when we will do this spiritual work, but the truth is that it takes however long it takes. This may be just the beginning of a longer process. “Live the questions,” Rilke urges, “Perhaps then, someday
in the far future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answers.” May God watch over us and bless us as we seek his way in faith.