Here’s what I found: A community that welcomes everyone — without judgment. A community that does not claim to have the answers or the final interpretation on matters of spirit and faith, but one that asks questions. One that encourages dialogue, and that encourages that its followers sift through the wisdom and words and wonder from a multitude of traditions and faiths in order to draw their own conclusions. A community that asks its congregation to be involved beyond Sunday attendance "to be the change they wish to see in the world.” Leaders and parishioners who met me once and remember my name the next week. Music from local folk, rock, gospel and other musicians that align their song selection to the themes of the week and who add to the spirituality in a unique way. Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, John Lennon — yes, they can teach us in addition to centuries-old hymns.
Ian Lawton and Bob Kleinheksel provide moving and thought-provoking meditations and teachings. Do I agree with everything I hear? Not always. But I am not made to feel that I have to. I am uplifted and challenged to think, to question, to solidify, and to act upon my beliefs in a service-led life that enriches others and nourishes my soul.
In a world that struggles as much as it does with issues of acceptance of differences — in race, in gender, in socio-economic levels, in political parties, and yes, religion — I am proud to be worshiping with a spiritual community of people working to eliminate divisiveness, no matter what walls surround us.
— Cindy Dobrez, Grand Haven