Picture shows the first frog in garden water of new season in Turley, OK.
I spent part of today cleaning the inside and windows of the RV, making the bed, and filling the gas tank, preparing for my first short trip since moving here in February. The little motorhome has waited patiently in the back yard for two months. It's not going to be a long trip - just 60 miles or so down to Turley, Oklahoma, near Tulsa overnight. I'm finally going to meet Rev. Ron Robinson, Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship. Besides that hat (or along with it), he and others have started a different kind of Unitarian Universalist church--the Living Room Church. I'm going down to attend their Maundy Thursday service tomorrow as well as the Good Friday Service at nearby All Souls Unitarian Church. I'm looking forward to experiencing the living Room Church and their Third Place Center very much as my calling in ministry has continued to morph into one of "taking the church down from the hill to the people," in the words of Sister Anita Lapeyre, my CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) supervisor at the Center for Urban Ministry in San Diego, CA.
Ron recently wrote a series of three articles for "Small Talk," a newsletter for small UU congregations, describing his vision and ideas for this new type of UU church. Here is the first installment from September 2008. To me, this is a wonderful example of what church can be.
"Inside-Out, Upside-Down, Large-Small Church World: The Story of the Living Room Church, Part One