Chris Craun

In Transition

While I can point to and account for many wonderful and meaningful encounters and events and proclamations, it is what happens next in the life of this community that is the most meaningful to me

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Rooted in Gratitude

That is our theme for stewardship this year. Rooted in Gratitude: Imagining, emerging, reaffirming! Notice the exclamation point. Over the next three weeks, you will be hearing from various ministry area leaders and staff.

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St. Michael’s Day Memories

One of my check-in questions this week with my Zoom small group was to share a memory of a past St. Michael’s Day celebration. It was a little disheartening that we found this to be a challenge. So far into this pandemic, we are forgetting what life was like before – how we would gather, how we marked special occasions, how we used to party.

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Structural Racism & Our Use of Sacred Music

As we face continued uncertainty with COVID variant surges and the suffering of our world in war and climate chaos, the work of the church goes on. I am grateful for the work of a small team of people who began a conversation last year about how structural racism relates to our use of sacred music.

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Deep Vulnerability

We are capable of deep vulnerability. It is possible that we grow in our awareness of being beloved when we allow someone, particularly a stranger, to sing to us.

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A trauma-informed care lens

Through a trauma-informed care lens, we need time to be seen and heard, share our griefs, express the places where we have felt abandoned or even betrayed by this pandemic, and listen for the possibilities of post-trauma growth.

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Land Use Gatherings

We have held three Land Story Gatherings and had great conversations. We are discovering that it is both overwhelming and inspiring to hear the Land Story of St. Michael’s – overwhelming with the recognition and acknowledgment of how we came to be on this land, and inspiring to envision a future world that seeks restitution and compassionate care.

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A Shining Moment

One of the shining moments of the inauguration of President Biden that I want to continue to reflect and pray about was Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first-ever youth poet laureate, reading her poem

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Put on your Advent blues

Advent held out as a promise that perhaps things would be different, and it was hard to put on our Advent blues and enter into the empty sanctuary for another season.

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