So I do feel really bad that the Deacons’ board at New Hope Baptist Church has decided not to allow us to meet within their loving arms anymore. I want you all to know that they still are loving arms at New Hope, despite this new round of inhospitality. The leadership of the community is reacting to our presence out of fear, but the great majority of PEOPLE, which is what a Christian community (and any faith community) essentially is, are in Love with us, and cherish our presence. They will not be happy with their Deacons’ decisions, as are many of those Deacons already. But I want to assure you all, sadly, that this kind of thing has happened before, and, sadly, it will happen again.
It always happens to communities like ours, that challenge conventional thinking, and traditional ways of being Christian,
I do feel really bad that you all have to put up with this frustration again, of losing a good home for our community. But I want to assure you that we will find such homes again, and again. More to come on where and when we’ll meet again- which should be the evening of October 6. I think keeping to the rhythm of first and third Saturdays works for us, we’ll just have to figure out time and location from here.
In the meantime, I’d like you to help me with something. Being people of Peace, which is what the Prince of Peace really wants from us. Please write out a few words of thanks for me, to the people of New Hope Baptist Church, and include your name(s) with the note, unless you’d like to remain anonymous. As usual, what it comes down to it, what Open Hearts Gathering really is, is PEOPLE, loving this (g)Go(0)d(s) we see present in our lives, loving others no matter our differences. I’d like you, as the people, to speak to New Hope, so they know who we are- not a website, not an ideology, but a community. You can email or text those notes to me (contact info. on our “About” page), I’ll gather them together, and send them to the church. To the Deacons’ Board. So they know who it is they’re now providing quite a bit of inhospitality to.
And as always, thank you for your help. It is your participation in the New Thing that God is doing that makes all the work with OHG so worthwhile. I Love you all, and look forward to seeing you all again soon!