Welcome to Kairos CoMotion!
Our heart is wide open to you ... (2 Corinthians
We are excited to welcome every one of you! It
has long been a hope of ours to have the church be a place where,
"Our heart is wide open to you" is spoken with truth
and integrity; where these words are truly embodied.
In the face of a growing exclusiveness within the United Methodist
Church, we see many being left out and left behind. We know well
the woundedness and dis-integration this creates in hearts and
souls. And we also know that our determination is immeasurably
impoverished when it discounts and rejects good, faithful, creative
Jesus commanded, "Love God with all your heart, mind,
and soul and love your neighbor as yourself." Love God
and neighbor - this is not multiple choice. Like
so many of you, we have felt restless and frustrated in the presence
of such disparity between the Gospel of Christ and the practice
of the church.
In the wee hours of a gloomy October night in 2000, we made a
decision to address our restlessness - and the dream of Kairos
CoMotion emerged. The dream was and is to bring together a visible,
active community of progressive Christians from a variety of
perspectives and places with a variety of gifts and graces. We
rejoice that this event brings us together and helps move us
from isolation and invisibility to community and celebration.
In that late-night conversation, the name Kairos CoMotion came
first. Kairos, a Greek word, signifies the ripeness, the fullness
of God's time. NOW IS THE TIME for God's expansive love and compassion
to be realized.
"CoMotion" became the companion word which speaks of
movement and Spirit-energy - moving together in partnership
with God and one another. CoMotion, as in "commotion,"
also reminds us that as we respond faithfully to God's visionary
invitation, there will be a terrific commotion as lives and faith
communities are transformed and made new.
We cannot end this letter without expressing our deepest gratitude
to the Kairos CoMotion planning team. If not for their unwavering
enthusiasm, energy, dedication and vision we would not be at
the threshold of this kairos moment.
We offer our thanks to them, and to each of you, for sharing
the dream and for joining us on this sacred journey.
The dream is alive! How Kairos CoMotion will unfold remains to
be seen - we simply offer our faithfulness and leave the increase
Peace, passion and hope,
Amy DeLong and Lynn Church