New Church Job!

I’m pleased to announce: this Sunday, June 26, my partner Christopher Compton and I will be making our first appearance at Faith United Church of Christ in New Braunfels as their new Artists in Residence. I’m so excited about this. I’ve been involved in church music for most of my life. I love spirituality and I love music, and the two seem made for each other. However, I’ve had difficulty finding a congregation that can give me the freedom and grace that I need to grow. The church that I was raised in seemed to think that art wasn’t welcome in God’s presence, that Christians weren’t supposed to ask too many questions, and they better not cuss, vote democrat or be gay. This was very alienating to me starting in my late teen years and continuing through the present. My heart led me to places that my church wouldn’t appreciate. I had trouble following though, fearing the judgement of God and others. It took years for me to work through my doubts and become comfortable with them, and mostly I had to do it without the support of fellow Christians.

For a long while now, I’ve been desiring a new church, a place that would stand for the things I stand for and would welcome unconventional believers such as myself. I believe that Faith UCC is such a place. Chris Compton was first to become aware that a music position was opening at this church, and he mentioned it to me. I immediately looked them up on the internet. As soon as I found this statement on their website, I knew that I wanted to be there:

As an open and afirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, we actively seek to express Jesus’ inclusive embrace of all people. We welcome into full membership and participation in the Body of Christ persons of every race, ethnic background, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, socio-economic background, marital status, family structure, and faith background. We openly and joyfully invite all to be a part of our journey.

I’m no Joe Fundamentalist. I consider myself to be a post-modern Christian, a seeker of truth and experience, an unfinished work, and an Artist. I really feel that Faith UCC is a place where I can be those things. Not only do I feel the freedom to BE, I also feel the freedom to DO. Chris and I are being empowered to bring our talents to the church and serve the people, and we’re very grateful for the opportunity.

Maybe I’m not the only wanderer out there. I know tons of people who have been marginalized by churches purported to be Christian. Many of these people give up on religion altogether, perceiving the hypocrisy and close-mindedness that run rampant in many if not all churches. I get it, I do. However, for someone in need of a new start, Faith UCC might be worth a look. Consider yourselves invited.

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