Practicing Compassion

Friday, April 29th, 2011 9:00 am

by Rev. Justin White

The Dalai Lama once said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” To me, the Methodist Federation of Social Action is on the forefront of providing compassion to all of God’s children. As a United Methodist Deacon in Mississippi, it is important for me that we have areas in which progressive United Methodists in our state can get together and act out how to be agents of compassion in our society. In the spirit of Wesleyan theology, our acts of compassion and justice do try to provide avenues of a more just society, while allowing us all to be moving towards perfection in love.

MFSA is relatively new in Mississippi, as we are just now starting a chapter, but God’s Spirit is moving in the lives of many of our laypersons and clergy, and God’s Spirit cannot be stopped. We are seeking to become agents of compassion in our state and in our church. We are seeking to show that God cannot be boxed in by our imperfect views of God. We are providing safe spaces for clergy and laypersons to talk about progressive theology, compassion, and God’s unlimited and extravagant love, mercy, and grace for all persons.

MFSA allows us to do this! I am excited and looking forward to how Mississippi MFSA is going to do amazing things in our conference

Rev. Justin White is a Deacon in the Mississippi Annual Conference and will become the Wells Church Children Education Coordinator and Youth Minister this July in Jackson, MS.

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