New Story Leadership for the Middle East:
The Future Finds a Voice
Seekers Church is providing a place in Washington DC to support the operations of New Story Leadership (NSL). NSL seeks to inspire a new story of possibility for the Middle East by bringing outstanding Israeli and Palestinian students to Washington DC for an extensive eight week course to learn about leadership, negotiation and narrative technique.
The Eyes to See, Ears to Hear, Peace Prayer Mission Group along with Kate & Billy Amoss began building a relationship with New Story Leadership in 2010 when we responded to an invitation to an inaugural public event that featured Noa Baum telling her powerful story “A Land Twice Promised.” We were responding to our shared interest with many in Seekers who are concerned about building peace between Israel and Palestine.
First Meeting at Seekers Church
On March 15th, the Time and Space mission group of Seekers Church hosted a meeting of all the different groups that use our space to support the life of their communities. It was the first of what we believe will be an emerging effort to acknowledge and support the Community of Communities that nurture their life together in our space on Carrol Street. That evening six members of Seekers met with twelve building users from nine different groups. The groups represented included Sovereignty of God, Covenant Christian Community, Science of Spirituality, Blue Mountain Satsang, the Takoma Rush Hour Group, Argentine Tango, Inner Circle, a Women's Support Group, National Spiritual Science Center, and Seekers Church.
Based on the success of this initial gathering, we hope to offer other opportunities for this kind of community-building in the future.
Seekers Church supports many missions and ministries in the United States and other countries. The amount budgeted for domestic giving, is usually about 20% of what we expect to receive in offerings over the course of the year. Once our budget is approved each year and the overall amount available for domestic giving has been determined by the Stewards of Seekers Church, all members of the faith community are invited to request support for missions or ministries where they are personally involved.
For 2012 the community has affirmed support for 32 domestic missions and ministries. For easy access to more information, the name ofeach organization is linked to its web site.
CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR
Part of our spiritual practice as a community is to listen to the prophets among us in ways that make the reality of the Realm of God more evident to us, and to the world around us, the world God is calling us to care for.
Each year we renew our commitment to Christ and to the Seekers Church in a conscious and intentional way. In Seekers, God's call and our commitments are linked together. Every choice you make, every call you answer changes all of us! Annual recommitment is a key element in the life of Seekers Church, maintaining a tradition of the Church of the Saviour begun with the initial commitment of founding members in 1947. This year "Recommitment Sunday" was the third Sunday of October, the 16th.
This year 41 of us renewed our commitment. Of those, 18 made the commitment as Stewards.
The time before Recommitment Sunday is an opportunity for all of us – recent arrivals, attenders, Members, and Stewards – to review our commitment to God and to Seekers Church. This year the Servant Leadership Team invited all Seekers to reflect on the call of Seekers Church and our commitment statements, and consider:
† What is God's call on Seekers Church as one small part of the Body of Christ?
† What am I being called to offer to God and God's creation?
† How can being a part of Seekers Church support my response to God's call?
† What do I need from and through this community to deepen my commitment to Christ?
Part of our traditional preparation includes a silent hour of prayer in the sanctuary before signing the Seekers membership log, the record of all Seekers members since our beginning in 1976.
On Recommitment Sunday all those who attend worship and other Seekers community activities regularly, who identify themselves as Seekers, Used the Member's Commitment Statement to renew their commitment to Christ as Members of Seekers Church. The Stewards made their commitment to support the missions and ministries of Seekers Church using the Stewrard's Commitment Statemnent.
To mark the occasion, each of us was invited to come forward an take a stone from the rocky path on the altar table, to remind us of our commitment to help open the Way.