When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” -Matthew 22:34-40
The United Church of Christ has a vision of a just world for all. In this world all are welcomed, everyone is loved, and justice is inherent. The 3 Great Loves is the denomination’s opportunity to express how our Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation work together to address the inequities in our current world. Beginning at General Synod 2017 and ending at Synod 2019 in Milwaukee, through the lens of the 3 Great Loves, the United Church of Christ in its many settings of ministry will discern and lift-up how we act upon these 3 Great Loves. As we do so, we will tell the story of how we are impacting and transforming the world, as covenantal partners united in common purpose and mission. During these upcoming two years, there will be moments of special invitation to participate in this denomination-wide undertaking. One by one we will focus on each of the 3 Great Loves in service to our communities.
I plan to begin this process by preaching on each of these loves over the course of the next three worship services (October 29, November 5, November 12) encouraging all of us to be mindful of and look for ways to participate in the 3 Great Loves each day as we continue to BE the church in our community and beyond.
Peace and Blessings,