Bishop Karen Oliveto's Weekly Message (9/23/23)

September 25, 2023
I am praying for the laity and clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference as we prepare to come together as the Body of Christ on Sunday morning.

Today, I am so aware of our brokenness and the pain that ripples from the broken places of our individual and communal lives.

I know that many pastors in the MSC were glued to their computer screens this week, watching the trial of Bishop Minerva Carcaño, who was found not guilty of four charges. The trial revealed the fractures in our life together, and the ways our actions impact others.

I sit with the weight of our brokenness.

Where are the broken places of your life? Where have relationships been fractured? Where in your church family does pain reside? These are questions each of us must wrestle with as we move in the world.

Bryan Stevenson reminds us: “We have a choice. We can embrace our humanness, which means embracing our broken natures and the compassion that remains our best hope for healing. Or we can deny our brokenness, forswear compassion, and, as a result, deny our own humanity.”

We have much healing work to do. Can we give ourselves and others grace so that the healing work can begin? Can we recognize the face of God that lies within ourselves and others, that cannot ultimately be hidden or destroyed by what we’ve done or what others have done? Can we be so full of compassion that it begins to pour healing into those broken places?

We all, everyone one of us, carries so much pain. Today, I find wisdom in this word of advice from Keanu Reeves to guide how we may move forward: “If you have been brutally broken, but still have the courage to be gentle to other living beings, then you’re a bad*ss with the heart of an angel.”

May I have the courage to be gentle to other living beings.

With love,
Bishop Karen 
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