Dear <<First Name>>,
Division within Christianity has a long history. Before there were even church buildings, there were church disagreements. That means that the work of peace, reconciliation and Christian unity will also require intentional and long term effort.
I am honoured to be able to host to a colleague at AIC this Sunday who has dedicated her ministry to this work. Rev. Liddy Barlow serves the Executive Minister of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, an organisation of Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christians in the 10 counties of greater Pittsburgh (www.casp.org). Rev. Barlow also played a key role in community healing and witness following the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in 2018. She and her family are spending the summer on sabbatical in the UK, and she will be our guest preacher on Sunday.
Liddy and I have been friends since 2009, and she is an excellent speaker and leader. I am looking forward to hearing her reflections on unity in the context of AIC, where our regular congregation gathers Christians of many different denominations and backgrounds into one worshiping community.
I'm also looking forward to catching up with many of you, having been on leave for the last two weeks. I hope to see you Sunday.
*Header image is "In the Time of Harmony: The Joy of Life--Sunday by the Sea" by Paul Signac, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.