I was held by two churches in one day: both I have given my heart to.
I spent the afternoon in Duluth at the funeral of a beloved spiritual guru. Armas was 95 when he died. The place was packed with huge hearted people who came to give thanks for the ways he breathed questions and spark in the world he so loved.
In the front row was his Men’s Bible Study group. In the congregation were people who had shared the work loves of his life: justice making, question asking, meaning making and savoring. His heart team was there to name his glory and give God thanks for the privilege of sharing life with him.
I motored back to Minneapolis for two church meetings. Around each meeting table were members of teams (in church speak, we call them committees) who give their time and their hearts in order that ministry can happen. We are varied in opinion and sensibilities, but we are woven together in order to set the stage for transformation.
It is no small thing, this being a part of a team.
Tonight I am full of wonder and gratitude. Paying tribute to a man who knew the need for community, followed by encounters with circles of folk who live that need in order to share it.
It was good. It is good.