Essence of the One: A Statement of Faith


We believe in the divine spirit
    that not only created but,
        continues to create & speak
             in our time. 

We find meaning and
   hear God’s calling, luring voice
        through Jesus, our Christ. 

We understand the mystery as,
   Father, Son, & Holy Ghost…
As Creator, Redeemer, & Sustainer…
As Eternal, Incarnate, &
   Ever- present…
As Infinite, Presence, & Energy…

We understand the mystery using words
that barely describe the essence of the One. 

And, yet, deep within we know
   the love, the peace,
       and extravagant grace that is. 

We open our hearts & minds to
    God’s possibilities recognizing
        that no words are adequate. 

The Divine One calls us
   to grow & learn,
   to be & act,
   to care & love,
       and beyond.

In becoming the people
  God calls us to be,
      we pledge our whole selves.  Amen. 

Tim is a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, a father of two adult children, and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. A former early childhood educator, Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures him.

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