Hello and Welcome
Someone said, “Faith is a journey, not a destination.” That sure speaks to my experience. Each step of my life has taken me into new territory, with new challenges, new questions, unexpected crises, new lessons to learn, and new doubts to open me up to deeper truths.
There’s a part of me that feels a little like a spiritual Lone Ranger. But the truth is, I could never have gotten where I am by myself. I need a spiritual community where I can bring my questions, burdens, fears, hopes, and passions, and learn from the experience and wisdom of others. I need regular worship, where I can be lifted beyond myself, put my questions and challenges in perspective, and open my life to the light of God’s love and truth. I need to work alongside others as together we try to make this world a better place. I find my faith and love growing naturally when we trust each other and trust our own questions, are honest and with each other and with God, and humbly acknowledge our need for God, even though God is always beyond our smug understanding.
I love being the pastor of the Henrietta United Church of Christ, because it is a place where people are real, and therefore the Christ we experience together is real. I’m not one for empty rituals, phony religious language, or boring worship services. At Henrietta UCC, we try to create worship experiences that help us open to God’s life-giving Spirit in ways that are engaging and meaningful.
I’ve had the wonderful privilege of being this church’s pastor since 1991 (way back in the 20th Century!). I have never grown tired of it or felt like I’m stagnating, because the folks here always encourages me to follow my own growing edge and incorporate it into my ministry. Life keeps offering new vistas to explore, and God keeps showing me more ways to open more fully and deeply to the mysteries of Life, Love, this wondrous universe, and the Divine Source of it all.
I am concerned about the future of our planet and human civilization. I believe that spiritual growth happens on both a personal level and a cultural level. I want to find ways that we as individuals and as a community of faith can “be the change we wish to see in the world” and become catalysts for a sustainable, peaceful, just, spiritually-fulfilling and hope-filled future.
I’d love to hear your story! Perhaps we can find ways this community of spiritual pilgrims can help support your quest for deeper faith, hope and love. It has certainly done that for me!
In Christ’s love,
Pastor Dave Inglis