St Pauls Burlingame
Thinking About Belonging
I have been reading a book this past month titled,
A Church Beyond Belief: The Search for Belonging. I was intrigued by the idea that belonging trumped belief. I suppose I had some sense of this all along. I knew that all of us are on a spiritual journey. I knew that we grow in faith in step, and that faith meets us where we are in life.
I found myself feeling encouraged. At St. Paul’s we are deeply committed to the idea of being a community of respect, and a place where spirituality is explored deeply. It seems it is in our DNA to be accepting and non-judgmental. We really desire to be a place where people can be themselves. These are the first steps in being a place of belonging.
I am also aware of the challenges we face. One of the significant insights of the book is to distinguish belonging from fitting in.
“Fitting in is about assessing a
situation and becoming who you
need to be in order to be accepted.
Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t
require us to change who we are; it
requires us to be who we are.”
This is so important because the beginning of the spiritual life is not about conforming to some spiritual ideal but meeting God right where we are; meeting God with our questions and our confusion, with our gifts and with our own insights. To fit in misses the point totally. To belong gives us companions to face the tough questions of life.
As you begin your new year, where is it that you really belong at St. Paul’s? Where can you really be yourself? On the other hand, where do you need to adjust to fit in? The challenge for all of us is to create a place of belonging for one another.
I would love to hear your thoughts as we venture into the new year.
A Journey Through Lent:
The Lenten Labyrinth and
Morning Mini Retreat
This Weekend at St. Paul’s
The labyrinth is an ancient tool that invites participants to reflect deeply as they walk its twists and turns. Walking the labyrinth generally takes about 20 minutes, but even this short time can be remarkably centering and powerful. All are invited to join us.
Lenten Saturday Morning Retreat
Saturday, February 28
What a gift it is to have time and space to breathe, reflect and get re-grounded in the grace of God. In conversation and in quiet we’ll use the metaphor of the Labyrinth and pilgrimage to reflect on our own spiritual journey. Walking the labyrinth will also be included in the morning.
Candlelight Labyrinth Walk
Saturday, February 28
St. Paul’s Healing Team will be available to guide those who want to walk the labyrinth in a beautiful candlelit setting. You may come and go as you like. All are welcomed to share this reflective experience.
Labyrinth for Kids
Sunday, March 1
Dr. Bev Hock will help kids understand what the labyrinth is and how we may use it for prayer. Kids will then get the chance to walk the labyrinth on their own.
Open Labyrinth Walk
Sunday, March 1
All are welcome to walk the Labyrinth Sunday morning. Someone will be available to guide you if this is the first time you have had the chance to walk the labyrinth
Christian Education for Children Prek-5th Grade: Winter/Spring
When: Sundays 9-9:50am Sunday Journey, Stories of the Bible, Our Family Tree continues.
All children welcome! Join one of our age
appropriate groups as we learn what happens to Jesus after he is born.
Come hear the stories of Jesus' life and ministry. Music, games and fun with friends are guaranteed!
Questions? contact The Associate Rector for Children and Family Ministries:
The Rev. Julie Graham
Sunday 8 am
Eucharist without music
Sunday 10 am
Sunday 2 pm - Tongan Services
Tongan Prayer - 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays
Anglican Eucharist - 2nd & 4th Sundays
Wednesday: 11 am
Eucharist and Healing
415 El Camino Real Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone 650.348.4811 • Fax 650.284.0550