Faith News - June 18, 2020
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Hello my friends
Over the weekend I re-watch the movie “Free Solo”, an academy award-winning documentary about Alex Honnold and his attempt to free climb (no ropes) the 3,200-foot face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
Not only had this climb never been done before, but it had never even been attempted due to the difficulty and danger. The visual images of the mountain and the park are captivating. They can actually take your breath away.
But the commentary of Alex’s journey is fascinating as well. One climber who helped him train explains it this way, “imagine competing in an Olympic-caliber athletic event where if you don’t get the gold medal, you die.”
Watching Alex, 2,500 feet up, holding on with one thumb and his feet on impressions in the rock face only as thick as a pencil while he reaches for a new grip with is freehand makes your heart pound.
Watching that movie reminded me back to my High School days when I did a little bit of rock climbing with the Boy Scouts. Nothing as dramatic or dangerous as Free Solo for sure, but it was intense in its own right.
We went to Seneca Rocks, WV for our “big” climb. We took a path that was 900 feet of climbing and then got back down by repelling and hiking in 2 or 3 stages. It had scary moments, but we were always strapped in with ropes to catch us if we made a mistake and fell.
On our first day there we were doing some practice climbs with our guide on a smaller wall about 20-25 feet high. We were getting a feel for the rock face and the hand/toe holds that would be similar to the big climb the next day. We did not have ropes as we practices and someone asked the guide how far we were allowed to go up without one. He simply stated, “How far are you willing to fall?” What a simple but perfect statement.
The events happening around us in the past days seem like a mountain in many ways. Justice equality can be a mountain of fear and pain. But it can also be a mountain of hope, passion, and opportunity to make a lasting difference.
We can’t be afraid to start this climb. Our Church, our beliefs, our God require equal justice and acceptance of all people. We have to help where we can. Like on a mountain climb there are many different challenges along the way. Different cracks and nooks to explore to find a toehold to push just a little higher. You get tired, frustrated, and sometimes a little scared. But you push on with the help and encouragement of the others with you. Little by little one finger hold, one toehold at a time you make your way up the mountain that seems so overwhelming when you started.
We aren’t here free climbing this mountain alone like Alex. We don’t have to be perfect. We are roped in and roped together by God. He has promised to keep us safe and if we make a misstep and slip, he will catch us keeping us from harm. And there will be slips and falls along the way. This is a difficult topic to discuss and have open conversations about.
But nothing worthwhile is easy. You just can’t let that stop you.
You find a way, a different path, a new grip, you push a little harder. When the climb is over and you sit on top of the mountain and look back down you don’t think about the fear or the slips. You realize you were able to do something amazing and wonder what the next challenge will be.
The view from the top of the mountain, whether it is El Capitan or the North Peak at Seneca Rocks is glorious. If we work together for Peace, Justice, and Equality for everyone. If we climb that mountain of institutionalized racism together, just imagine what it will look like on the summit!
Faith News & More
A re-opening team is working on when we might be able to return to in-person worship. The team members are John Hummel, Dale Rohn, Maryellen Reek, Ken Krach, and Pastor Micah. They are currently going through CDC, Maryland, ELCA, and DE-MD guidelines in conjunction with our insurance policy to develop a plan for re-opening. This deliberate process will take some time to ensure the safety and best course of action for every member of Faith. We continue to have online worship even as we get to reopening stages so that those who are most vulnerable still have access to worship.
TIMELY BOOK TALK
Coming soon! Author Lenny Duncan of "Dear Church" will be speaking on July 1st at 7 PM EST.
Here is the link you will need to get tickets:
We are blessed to have Lenny speak to us to help us address racism and violence in our communities.
PASTORAL OFFICE HOURS
Pastor Micah is available for calls and video chats from 9:30 am -12:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please check-in if you need to talk and have someone listen to your concerns.
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MEN OF FAITH MEETING
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