The notion of currency was much in the news this week—the fraud trial of former President Trump; the criminal trial of Sam Bankman Fried, the founder of FMX the crypto currency exchange; and the brinksmanship of Congress around funding the government which led to the ouster of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. One of the commonalities of these events is that they centered on the nature of money.
Over the course of the next month, as part of our It is Good to Be Here stewardship campaign, we will be looking at the nature of currency, not just of money. Our adult formation time on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.will be focusing on the variety of currencies we possess. Money is surely one, but relationships, truth, gracious leadership, time and place, and wellness are also critical for human flourishing.
One of the essential aspects of life together is how we govern ourselves. Exercising the currencies of truth, time and space, and relationships coalesce in our ability to vote. St. Stephen’s Justice and Advocacy team is hard at work building partnerships to enable us to take this responsibility seriously. White nationalists throughout the country and especially in Texas are cloaking themselves as Christians to radically alter our values as a state. Voting is a critical act of faith.
While not all of us is rolling in money, each of us has abundance of other types of currency. It is all to be shared for the building up of the Reign of God.
-The Reverend Lisa Hunt, Rector