Misplaced and Discovered – NEXT Church

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Every month, we put up a collection of blogs round a standard subject. This month, Rev. Ken D. Fuquay is curating a collection that includes an eclectic group of voices responding to the query, “Does church matter? And if it issues, how, and if it doesn’t, why?” A number of the voices communicate from the middle of the PC(USA); others stand on the periphery. One or two of the voices come from different denominations whereas some communicate to us from the wilderness and barren locations. “To each age, Christ dies anew and is resurrected throughout the creativeness of people.” These voices are stirring up that creativeness in their very own manner. Could your creativeness be stirred as you take into account their perception. We invite you to affix the dialog on Fb and Twitter!

by Karen Jones

The day I discovered my brother was the final day I formally went to church.

He was residing in a discarded truck behind a automobile restore store, remoted from the listening to world due to his deafness and from the seeing world due to his plight. He learn the paper each day, entrance to again, and will inform you something you’d wish to learn about present occasions. After I went to see him, simply after 9/11, there was a small American flag perched within the facet window of the dilapidated truck. Why was I stunned?

I got here each week, bringing meals and reserving an evening for him in a close-by resort. The time we spent collectively grew to become church within the truest sense.

I cried.

I hallelujahed.

I shouted supplications and obscenities.

I did what I may.

After which, after our Sunday visits, I drove house, passing the manicured medians on a special facet of city, passing the church I had attended for years however couldn’t return to. There was simply no option to clear my brother up sufficient to go there.

Generally residing is messy. And church buildings don’t do messy.

We wish individuals to fold their lives, simply so, and tuck them neatly within the prime dresser drawer. We wish order, cleanliness, 30 minute sermons, and lunch by midday.

Homelessness isn’t nearly shelter or location, or funds or dangerous choices. It isn’t nearly dependancy or psychological well being. It’s the raveled heap of humanity that crumples on the door.

Our door.

And what can we do?

We cry.

We hallelujah.

We shout out supplications and obscenities, as a result of we’re human, too. After which we do what we will.


Karen Jones has labored in Charlotte’s Early Childhood Neighborhood for over 30 years, selling creativity and cooperative collaboration by literacy and the humanities. She is formally the Govt Director for a non-profit company, serving youngsters and households of multi-ethnic communities in Charlotte NC. At present she enjoys being a daily participant of M2MCHARLOTTE!



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