United Methodist Church
Since the 1960s Broadway Christian Parish has supported a variety of outreach and community-building ministries focused on both helping with immediate needs and providing spiritual and material support to help people discover and develop their own gifts and graces. Through the years Broadway has supported a diverse array of neighborhood projects, including a neighborhood day care, housing rehabilitation, neighborhood gardens, a food co-op, neighborhood nurses, neighbor-to-neighbor blood-pressure screenings, a neighborhood newspaper and even a bicycle repair shop run by neighborhood kids.
Greetings From The Pastor
Bette Thompson, Pastor
Broadway Christian Parish-UMC
Often, the needs of people here at Broadway are physical. We might meet these needs by extending a meal, or by offering someone a shower, a chance to do some laundry, or just sit and come out of the cold to talk to someone and have a warm cup of coffee. We might give out some envelopes, razors, personal hygiene products, a TRANSPO bus pass, or some clean clothing, or some help in filling out forms, or in obtaining a prescription. We might have some people who come for a nice Sunday dinner after worship. Many people from many churches come to Broadway to give a hand, to cook a hearty meal, or to offer some used clothing, or donate some food. It is hard not to be affected by the many opportunities that exist through fellowship and serving, and the need we have for everyone’s giving.
There is another kind of need--the basic human need for touch--whether it is through conversation, a hug, or just someone to listen. It is good for us to remember that we are ambassadors for Christ, and each one of us carries a flame inside, and through the sharing of this flame, we are little by little transformed. Through this human contact and our actions of self-sacrificial giving, we help ignite each other’s flames. Times spent together talking, sharing our lives--and through the many gifts and stories shared by others in the community.
As I consider all I am learning while serving at Broadway, I am reminded that in any act of communicating, no matter the circumstance, we must always look deeper for ways to encounter the “divine” in each other. As we give to each other, we will find we become a part of something bigger than ourselves. We discover that we can truly find the good in each person if we look deeply for that flicker. This is a beautiful image for me, and a glorious way to contemplate the love waiting to be ignited.
There is another kind of need–
the basic human need for touch–whether it is through conversation, a hug, or just someone to listen.
I am reminded that in any act of communicating, no matter the circumstance, we must always look deeper for ways to encounter the “divine” in each other.