When I met with Fr. Charles Davidson, the new rector at St. Monica's Episcopal Church on Mather Street off of Albany Avenue, he told me that his parish was in a bind: They had committed some time ago to sell their church building and community center to another church, but their own long-planned building has not even been started.
asked, be willing to provide hospitality for his
congregation for a period of time until they are ready to move into their new building?
My immediate instinct was to see God's hand in this and to respond immediately, "Of Course!
My initial instinct was affirmed and strengthened when I shared the request with lay leadership and with the pastoral staff, all of whom were excited not only about the ability to extend our radical hospitality to another Episcopal congregation, but about the possibilities of sharing in some ministries with them as well.
I think Al Shuckra summed it up when he
asked, "How can we say no?
I have met with the St. Monica's vestry and several times with Fr. Davidson