We are given a name when we are born, and we may also choose to change our name to signify a decision or a commitment that we make. I served for many years as lay person in MCC, without feeling the need to be ordained. When I finally made that decision and made a formal commitment to serve God and God’s people, my title was changed from Ms to Reverend. Many couples change their surname when they marry. Lesbian friends of mine have started househunting. One householder asked “Which of you is Mrs Smith?” They replied (with much glee) “We both are!”
MCC Newcastle is going through a time of change. We have already made the decision that we want to have our own building. This will come with opportunities and challenges. Our visioning process brought forward the idea that we are to be light and hope in the darkness. Our new vision image reflects that. We are going to be intentional about reaching beyond our walls to those in the North East (and beyond) who need to hear the Good News of God’s inclusive love for all. We are also going to “put legs on our prayers” and engage more significantly in social action. For me, this fresh commitment to reaching out and to have a building which will better enable us to serve others, is a major step in the life of this congregation. I was not seeking a name change when we embarked upon our visioning process. I have been fascinated to watch as our process has unfolded. I believe that changing our name reflects a new “becoming” of who we are as a community of faith. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us.