2013_04 St. David's & Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce
April 1, 2013
St David’s and the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce
My call for a spiritual revolution is thus not a call for a religious revolution. Nor is it a reference to a way of life that is somehow other-worldly, still less to something magical or mysterious. Rather, it is a call for a radical re-orientation away from our habitual preoccupation with self toward concern for the wider community of beings with whom we are connected, and for conduct which recognizes others’ interests alongside our own. (His Holiness The Dalai Lama)
What side have we taken St David’s in this religious revolution? Are we making the Good News real in places other than our church home? Are we making our presence known in the wider community? A “revolution” calls for strength and radical change and fortitude and those are some of the traits that we will need as a parish to step out even further and become an even more visible and integral part of our community.
We have taken one such step by joining the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce, a seemingly unlikely relationship, but it will give us a chance to position ourselves more radically within the community, while the community also learns about us and our various outreach efforts - Vandenberg Elementary, South Oakland Shelter (SOS), Haiti Outreach Mission (HOM), God’s Harvest, Crossroads, and more and “…glorify our Father which is in heaven. We want to do more and can do more; we want to take our light to the people.
What is the Chamber of Commerce, and what does it afford us? The Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce is “comprised of businesses, organizations, and individuals working collectively to build a healthy economy and to improve the quality of life in [the] community”. As a church community we share and envision the same end as we are called to “love and serve God through worship, OUTREACH, and love for all.” Joining the Chamber gives us a searchable presence on their website and other social media; a listing in their annual directory distributed to 10,000 businesses and residents, involvement in various committees and community events, partnerships, and much more. God will work through us as we interact in this setting.
God has blessed Carol Wells and Linda Taylor with the will and the time to be the face of St David’s at the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce and they have already attended some of the monthly events. Speak to either of them for more information on this developing relationship.
In our description of ourselves on the Chamber’s website we say “we also believe our deepest selves are discovered when we serve one another and the world." Onward St David’s soldiers, girded by prayer and faith, let us delve into our deepest selves and be at the heart of the religious revolution.