My church is a sanctuary. Not in the sublime definition of sanctuary where we visualize zen music and serene landscapes but that of safety and refuge. We are an open and affirming church who truly invites the lost and lonely to be folded in our Grace. Today, I led the service and built up to my superhero - my mom - providing the sermon. We are called to live in kindness and love, and I see this group of diverse and wildly awesome humans come together to do many small things in hopes of changing the world. I am so proud of my congregation. I am so proud of my mom. I am so hopeful for the world we can still recreate for my kids and yours. God calls us to be our best selves and shine our loving light wastefully. Today, I feel we answered that call.
— Michaela Healy Birdyshaw