The Nones are anyone who is having a hard time with organized religion,
Here at First UMC Sachse,
we're on the lookout for
or even formal Christianity, but who is seeking a place to ask their questions,
and be supported in the asking.
The Nones, according to a recent article in the New York Times in late December,
account for a good portion of Americans today. In it, author Eric Weiner explores
the paradox in our culture at present: We are always and urgently seeking
anything that is related to the field of self-help especially spiritual nurturing.
We are, for the most part, people who believe in God.
The other side of the paradox is that we are increasingly becoming non church-goers.
Hence, on census questionnaires and others, we more often than not mark “None”
under the column that says “Religion.”
We know that membership in all Mainline Protestant Denominations is declining.
We also know that people are searching for something and someone to give
them some degree of direction regarding their lives, their existence and their
purpose in this life. We also know that people are deeply stretched in time,
money and with the demands of life.
We also know who can help: Jesus Christ.
Forget all you know or have heard of him. He was no right-wing ideologue
who excluded others from the reign and love of God. He was the One who
proclaimed God’s forgiveness and call for true repentance for all people.
Jesus Christ was not a martyr, but there were lots of reasons he ended
up murdered on a cross. He was the One who arose from the grave after
three days, giving God – not suffering, sin and death – the last word,
giving us hope, and the fulfillment of God’s promise never to let us go.
Here at First UMC Sachse, “none” will be unwelcome, “none” will be unvalued,
and “none” will be excluded. We believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior,
who had founded His Church to be open to all people – no one is to be left out
for any reason. Questions of life and faith are welcome and affirmed.
And, the love of Christ lived out through a community dedicated to the well-being
of all people is our purpose as well as our goal.
Calling all “Nones” – we want you and need you.
And, you will always be welcomed and loved.
Come . . .
Rev. Dr. Anna Hosemann-Butler
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