“The movement of the Spirit of God in the hearts of men (and women) often calls them to act against the spirit of their times or causes them to anticipate a spirit which is yet in the making. In a moment of dedication, they are given wisdom and courage to dare a deed that challenges and to kindle a hope that inspires.” —Howard Thurman
Recently, as the season of Advent began, I shared with the gathered people in the 8:30 and 11:00AM worship services the words above from the late Howard Thurman, the first African-American Dean of the Chapel of Boston University. I love Thurman’s emphasis on the working of God’s Spirit in our lives, equipping us to become instruments of God’s presence and activity in a world that craves hope in the midst of pain.
In just a few weeks we hope to take possession of our new Christian Life Center. I imagine it will be a time of great excitement, celebration, confusion, newness, and perhaps even some moments of frustration as we live into a new reality of an expanded campus. There will be great satisfaction in, after a multi-year process, actually moving into the new space.
As we do take possession, I invite you to join me in reflecting on why we are giving of our resources for this Christian Life Center. We are committed to using all the gifts of this space to, in the words of our mission, “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” To use Thurman’s language, we are envisioning persons in the new CLC being shaped so profoundly by the story of God’s love we have come to know in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus that a great cadre will go from this place to dare deeds that challenge and kindle hopes that inspire.
Children, youth, and college students will grow and mature through the ministries that happen here. Adults will be challenged to dream new dreams here. Our prayer is that through the comings and goings from the CLC and the entire Clemson United Methodist Church campus, our impact will move past our parking lots into the larger world in order that we might live as partners with God in making the world look more like God intends.
Blessings and Peace,