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Tabula Rasa

Scripture: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

Romans 12:2

Message: Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa derives from the Latin for “scraped tablet”. As one of our members perceptively shared at the All Church meeting, we are a “blank slate” - we can create who we want to be as a church.

Such a simple yet profound expression of hope, optimism, and renewal.

We are a tapestry of human beings, each with our gifts and history, reinforcing the human bond we share in this world that calls out for peace and justice.

“Perhaps, some day, humanity can start afresh, a new world, a tabula rasa, a world with a mind without prior experiences. No memories and no pain. A day when the ones with abundance do not look down at the poor and the needy, a day when we learn to care for the victims, the fallen souls of civilization and advancement, a day when the world will be pure. When all of humanity becomes a clean sheet of parchment, without knowledge and prejudice, simple, hungry for knowing, tasting, and feeling; hungry for life and ready to absorb the ink of experience.”

Henry Martyn, 18th century Anglican priest and missionary to the peoples of India and Persia

Music: "Wait for the Lord" (Taize)

Today's Encouraging Word, Photos, and Inspirational Message is brought to you by Penny Hurley, on behalf of the Compassionate Care Network.

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