The playwright Tennessee Williams wrote that love saves us, and we must in turn, save it: “The world is violent and mercurial,” Williams wrote, “it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love–love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love.”

This month at First Church, we will explore the theme of “Liberating Love” in our worship, religious education, and small groups.

I have seen love bind people together, keeping families and friends connected across miles and oceans and deserts of earth and spirit.

I have also seen love set people free, when love allows us to surrender, to release, to accept.

How can love be liberating? How can it connect? This month, the Anti-Racism Team invites you to join us in exploring both through attending a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event at The Table at Alice’s Garden.

My mentor, Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs, said “love begins with listening.” I would love to hear your stories of liberating love, and love that has kept you connected. How has love changed your life?

With love,
Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, Senior Minister

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