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Presbytery of San Francisco Letter “Instead of Re-Opening…”

A note about Re-Opening after the Pandemic Shut-Down

To: the churches of the Presbytery of San Francisco
Beloved Sisters and Brothers:

Instead of Re-opening, perhaps we should see this moment as one of Re-starting.

Not just returning to our church life, but reconnecting with our community, those already in our congregationand those in our neighborhood who have also been living in forced isolation.
Not just resuming our worship but renewing our purpose.

Not just reentering our buildings but reexamining all that we might do with what God has placed in our hands.

Over the years there have been many efforts made in looking at renewing the vitality in our churches. The one that we often called “restarting” involved the rather drastic step of physically moving out of the building for a time, so that the congregation could come back to begin to see with new clarity, and with new intentionality, whatever God had laid it upon their hearts to do. And the time apart from their buildings was meant to be a way to break the familiarity of weekly worship and community life at that one place, so that everyone could get a renewed perspective on why we they were there at all.  Only a few congregations choose that radical step.

Several recent and past politicians and business leaders including, reportedly, Winston Churchill, are credited with saying “Never let a good crisis go to waste”.

As the world, our families, our schools, our businesses, our communities and even our churches are slowly starting to recover from the devastation of COVID, perhaps we should embrace that same spirit of this crisis.  

I wonder if we have all, quite unwillingly, taken the first step of a “restart”.  If so, then we do not want to waste this transformational opportunity simply because we did not see it for what it really was.  We may have already taken the hardest step in leaving for a while.

~Your Presbytery Leadership Team:
Rev. Leonard Nielson, Partner for Finance and Property Assets
Jennifer Sacramento-Streett, Partner for Operations and Communications
Rev. InHo Kim, Partner for Congregational Vitality and Clergy Support
Rochelle R. Shaw, Stated Clerk

About capcoakland

We are a community of faith seeking to live God's will together: that space where the passions of our hearts and the needs of the world meet in our context of Berkeley, Oakland and Piedmont. Our perspective is based from a Christian center, open to the mystery of God's presence in our world. Our core values are celebration, community & prayer. This blog is our avenue for program updates and information.

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This entry was posted on April 14, 2021 by in Presbyterian.
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