The Great Spiritual Migration

I recently read a book by a pastor and theologian named Brian McLaren. The book is titled: “The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way To Be Christian. McLaren is a good writer and he argues persuasively that Christianity must migrate or shift in three important ways:
1. From a System of Beliefs to a Way of Life;
2. From a Violent God of Domination to a Nonviolent God of Liberation;
3. From Organized Religion to Organizing Religion.
This book articulated a number of things that I have been thinking about for a while. It is fun to find a book that helps you clarify your own thinking.
Karla and I will be offering a discussion group on the ideas in this book during the month of March in both Salinas and Hollister. We will do four Thursday nights in Salinas from 6 to 7:30. They will be soup suppers with a DVD presentation from Brian McLaren, scripture reflections, and discussion of some of the important ideas in the book. 
You will have the opportunity to purchase the book and/or a study guide which is a summary version of the book. If you would like to sign up to attend, email me at  I would love to discuss the ideas in this book for you. It will be a good spiritual exercise during the season of Lent. 

The Life of Edie Tarr

— from Pastor Steve
This Saturday we give thanks for and celebrate the life of Edie Tarr. Her memorial service will be at 1:00 PM. This congregation was a huge part of her life for many years. A number of you were family to Edie. You helped her remain independent by providing the love and care and friendship that we all need. It is at times like these that I wonder where we would be without our church family. Over the years I have heard time and time again — “I don’t know how I would have made it through that hard time without my church.” For all its’ faults and failings, the Church is a gift. We are the body of Christ. We take care of each other and not just our own. We extend the love of Christ as far and wide as we can. Edie’s life is a wonderful reminder of this. I hope you can be with us as we honor this loving and kind child of God.

Pastor Steve Lundin