Ministerial Musings

In the past couple of months I have noticed a disturbing development in Lake Forest, where I live. This may be occurring in your town as well. Through very casual observation, I notice more people are on the streets asking strangers for financial help and more people are camped in makeshift shelters because they don’t have a permanent home. The rapid and obvious increase of my neighbors in need is eye opening.

Another trend also disturbs me. My neighbors who have homes publicly demean those who do not. They are more concerned about their property value than the survival of people with insufficient food and shelter. They speak of arming themselves with pepper spray because they have noticed more people sleeping on the streets. They say, “I know homeless people need a place to sleep, but it can’t be here in my neighborhood.”

The juxtaposition of tremendous need against the backdrop of tremendous wealth is stirring something within my soul. I imagine you have noticed similar trends. Or perhaps something else is stirring in your soul. I want to know what it is. In these coming months keep your eyes open and keep your heart open. Pay attention to what stirs your soul, and bring that passion to Tapestry.

We are aiming to be in our new building around late June. It’s a great milestone for our community. Our new home will be an opportunity to do more of what Tapestry already does well. It will also be a moment to re-imagine the impact we want to be on our community. Vital spiritual communities serve the world around them. Together, let’s listen for something or someone calling for our help.

Rev. Kent Doss


Minister's Seminars

Mon 4/9 6:30 pm“The Cellist of Sarajevo” by Steven Galloway

In a city ravaged by war, a defiant young musician decides to play his cello at the site of a mortar attack for twenty-two days, in memory of his fallen friends and neighbors. Drawn into the orbit of his music are three strangers, each living like fugitives in their homeland: a bakery worker, a young father and finally, a woman - a sniper - who holds the fate of the cellist in her hands, even as her own fate becomes just as changeable with each passing day.

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Mon 5/7 6:30 pm“How Democracies Die” by Steven Levistsky and Daniel Ziblatt

The two authors are leading scholars of democracy in other parts of the world who apply their expertise to the current situation in the United States. They point with precision to the warning signs of decay and define the obligations of those who would preserve free government. Please read the book in advance of the meeting to fully participate in the discussion.

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