“What Would You Say You Do Here?”
This laugh-line has become a popular social media meme. It’s a funny line and good for a laugh until the laugh is on you!
I’ve had people ask me a similar question about the Council of Churches. We’re now in our 49th year of service in the Ozarks, and yet, I’m aware that there are many people, even people in our Member Churches, who don’t know what we do.
To be honest, I’ve struggled to find an “easy” answer.
We “do” so many things, from feeding and resourcing the people who are food-insecure, to sheltering homeless women and guiding them to sustainable housing, to empowering foster children to build their self-esteem, to connecting senior adults with elementary students who become Reading Buddies, to advocating for nursing home residents, to doing essential home repairs for seniors, to connecting families with early childhood resources, to caring for adults with developmental disabilities, to ensuring home-based childcare providers are serving nutritious meals, to….
See my point? It’s not an easy question to answer.
Well, it seems to me one way to cut through the confusion is to remember that all of our “doing” is a direct extension of our “being“.
What we DO is important, yet who we ARE indisputablely shapes what we DO.
So, who are we?
Here’s my working answer:
We Are One Community.
Serving One God.
Reaching Out with Compassion to the Ones in need.
Like I said, it’s my working answer. What I hope you are able to see/hear in this answer is a certain convergence of the words of Jesus in Matthew 25 (“whatever you did for the least of these members of my family…“) and John 17 (“I pray that they may be one…“).
It may not be easy to explain to someone, but I am willing to bet you a trip to the movies, who we are and what we do is quite unique. Maybe that’s why it is a real challenge to say, precisely, what it is we do here. If you’re not really sure, please… come and see!
In Joyful Service,