A Word about CCC Security
After the church shooting in Texas, we are again faced with questions and
fears. Are we safe at church? What do we tell our children? Why do these
violent shootings continue? What is our faith response? Another question
we’ve been hearing lately is this: Are thoughts and prayers enough? While
offering "thoughts and prayers" is meant to be encouraging, to some
it sounds too easy, and perhaps profane, to offer prayers without action.
Along with our prayers, what is our community response to the mounting pain and
horror of gun violence, abuse, and terror?
First and foremost, we remind ourselves that CCC is a Just Peace Church of
people who believe we can break the hold of historic and current patterns of
malevolence, violence, and willful injustice with compassion, non-violence,
and radical inclusion. The central task of a spiritual community is to
strengthen the bonds that connect each to all. There is a relationship
discovered amid the particulars of our own lives and the lives of others.
Once felt, it inspires us to act for justice. It is a community like CCC that
assures us that we, as individuals, are not striving for compassionate
justice on our own, but as members of a larger group. Alone our vision is too
narrow to see all that must be seen, and our strength too limited to do all
that must be done. Together, our vision widens and our strength is renewed.
In the midst of our world’s murderous tendencies, do more than attend;
participate. Do more than believe; practice. Do more than care; help. Do more
than be present; belong. Share your energy, talent and commitment to creating
a stronger community for a better world.
Matt Braddock, Senior Minister