This is a season of change – some large, some smaller. This is the season in which we move from summer to autumn. It’s harvest season in agricultural settings. Along our tree lined streets, the urban forest turns various shades of red and yellow and orange in spite of (maybe in defiance of) the California myth of balmy climate and eternal sunshine. The trees still understand their fundamental make-up. The change is inevitable and necessary for their survival.
There’s an old adage I learned years ago that claims “change is the only constant.” It’s a clever play on words and a truthful paradox. Change is constant? Well, of course it is. Whatever we encounter in life, whatever we build or cultivate, whatever we come to rely on, we can count on it changing over time. If we’re honest, we know this truth from our lived experience.
At a recent meeting of our Senior/Solo Pastor’s TIM (Together in Ministry) Group, one of our members, whose congregation is made up of people from a non-English-speaking part of the world, raised a question for us to consider. The dilemma he is facing is that he has ministered for many years to this group of folks who are emigrants. They are first generation Americans and their native tongue is not English. They were uprooted from their land and culture and came to the USA to escape oppression. It has been very important for these folks, as they gather in their faith community, to hold on to the old language and traditions. You can imagine how important and valuable it is to have this gathering in which you can at least remember home and the old ways. Continue reading Mixon Muses: Change is the constant
The summer is underway and life at First Baptist is as busy as ever. No summer lull for us even if we pastors have been traveling a bit.
My time in Virginia was fruitful. The Doctor of Ministry students at Virginia Theological Seminary give me great hope. The student body was multi‐ethnic and ecumenical comprised of Unitarian, Baptist, Episcopalian, Lutheran and Methodist pastors all ʺretoolingʺ for the ever‐shifting demands of ministry. We spoke about managing change, both decline and growth. We were reminded that in scripture, some leaders were called upon to lead in times of upheaval and sadness. Others were called to lead in times of growth and power. In both scenarios (and everything in between), God was present blessing the People. Like I said, it was an inspiring three weeks. I am sure I will be sharing what I learned with you all as we continue to meet the challenges of our own ministry here in the Silicon Valley.
To that end, I have been enjoying all of the music that iSing has brought to us this summer. Young voices have filled our halls during the week. Jennah Delp, one of iSingʹs directors, also shared her gifts with us in worship. Partnering with iSing has already brought new life to our congregation. I look forward with great excitement to what the future may hold.
Naomi Schulz will be with us again one more Sunday in August. She will once again bring her energy and creativity with her. Please welcome her with our usual generosity.
The summer is not over. Thereʹs more to come. Stay tuned for other announcements.
Peace and All Good Things,