The HCUCC Comma/Baton Passing Ceremony
The last few news posts on our page explain more about the transition for High Country UCC between these two powerful pastors.
But, you might ask, why is our symbolic baton a comma?
At High Country UCC, we believe (along with Gracie Allen) that we should “never place a period when God has placed a comma.” We believe that the Spirit of God not only spoke through ancient testimony, but continues to speak in relevant and life-giving ways in our contemporary society.
So our comma indicates our belief that “God is still speaking.” We appreciate divine words of wisdom and hope delivered by our interim pastor Nancy Sehested, and look forward to new divine perspective from our new pastor Tamara Franks.
The following related material comes from www.UCC.org:
Stillspeaking. It’s the shorter form of “God is still speaking,” a campaign by the United Church of Christ to remind us that God still has a lot more to say. Since 2004, Stillspeaking has worked with thousands of UCC churches and individuals across the country to make religion relevant again and to extend an extravagant welcome to all—because no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here. Here at the United Church of Christ.
Inspiration for the campaign was found in John Robinson, pastor to the Pilgrims, who pointed to the future saying, “Do not cling to where Luther and Calvin have brought you, for God hath yet more truth and light to break forth from his holy word.” View the UCC’s Firsts Timeline and be inspired.
God is still speaking means we listen for the Stillspeaking God.
Stillspeaking is Extravagant Welcome
Stillspeaking is Changing Lives
Hundreds of UCC members have shared testimonies of their lives being changed. Their expressions of faith,Changing Lives, speak to how their lives have been changed by the Stillspeaking God working and speaking through the UCC.
Why the Comma?
There’s a lot to the UCC Comma.
- The comma was inspired by the Gracie Allen quote, “Never place a period where God has placed a comma.”
- For the UCC the Comma is a new way to proclaim “Our Faith is 2,000 years old, our thinking is not.”
- The Comma invites us to believe that God speaks through other people, nature, music, art, a theorem, the Bible, and in so many other ways.
- The Comma pin reminds us of the unusual religious freedom and responsibility to engage the Bible with our own unique experiences, questions, and ideas.
- The Comma reminds us to balance our rich religious past with openness to the new ideas, new people, and new possibilities of the future.