Over the past two years, I’ve had the joy of being a part of the UUMC Community. I moved to St. Louis in August of 2015 to continue my studies at Wash U and after a couple months of school, I started looking for a new church home. I grew up Methodist and spent a lot of weekends singing in the youth choir and going to youth group events. My home church has thousands of members, and while that allowed lots of programs to thrive, I didn’t really feel like part of a larger community. There were simply too many people to feel like I knew everybody. I took a couple years off from church at my first college back in Memphis which was good for me, but when I moved here, I knew that I needed to find somewhere smaller where I could really feel at home. That place was University United Methodist.
From the first time I met Reverend Diane, I knew I had found the community for me. Here is a leader who is both unwavering in her faith and willing to speak up for what she believes in. At my home church, certain topics are considered off limits. I guess that comes with the territory of having so many people in the congregation. To me though, that also leads to having a weaker church. Here at UUMC, I look out and see a strong congregation, a people who recognize inequality in their society and want to do something about it. Whether it be feeding the poor, doctoring the sick, housing the elderly, or simply having difficult conversations with each other and those around us, UUMC is actively trying to make St. Louis a better place. With all that’s happened in the city over the past 3 years in particular, people like y’all are needed more than ever. People who don’t hide from the calling of their faith and who don’t shy away from action. This church is dedicated to the fight, every single member is committed to leaving this world better than they found it, and that inspires me every day.
As I prepare to move back to Houston for my next stage in life, I will always keep this community in my heart, both as a reminder and example of what Methodism and Christianity is really about. Y’all have pushed me to be better in many facets of life, and have allowed me to grow alongside you during my time here. When I get home, I’ll probably go to my old church for a while, but I’ll certainly be on the lookout for other communities just like this one. While having lots of butts in pews for Sunday morning service is good and should be celebrated, it’s become apparent to me that having boots on the ground helping others in any way possible is what we are all called to do. My God Sighting today is all of you, for the work you put in daily to seeing God’s Kingdom on Earth. Thank you for all you do, and thank you for allowing me to join y’all for the last couple of years.