“Intersections: Identity and Belonging”– July 31, 2022

Rev. Dr. Faith J. Conklin

Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 9:30 am
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Dear SDUMC Family,

This Sunday, we will conclude our Intersections 2022 sermon series in a special way. We will be blessed as our dear friend and SDUMC Pastor-In-Residence, Rev. Dr. Faith J. Conklin, shares the message. We will enter the intersection of the sixth chapter in Galatians and the movie Belfast (join us for Reel-Sanctuary - Faith Flicks movie night as we watch Belfast on August 24th at 6:30 p.m.).

Here are some thoughts from Rev. Faith for the coming Sunday.

I like movies. I especially like those which tell good stories. But, even more, I like those which challenge me, confront me, make me think, and often reveal a truth I might not have seen. Such movies touch me in deep ways; they invite me to reflect on their meaning long after the credits have finished.

Belfast is that kind of movie. It's an original screenplay from Sir. Kenneth Branagh. It's based on his childhood memories in Ireland during the 1969 uprising. Branagh isn't chronicling a historical event. He's giving us a glimpse of life, love, and relationships. He reminds us of what happens when those things are tested or get broken.

In one of the scenes from the movie Belfast, Buddy and Pop (his grandfather) are talking. Buddy: "But sure, there's only one right answer." Pop: "Yea, if that were true, son, people wouldn't be blowing themselves up all over this town."

Belfast is about identity and belonging. It's about love's hard choices, the things that keep us together, and those that pull us apart. Belfast is about remembering. It's about remembering who and whose we are and what that means for how we live beyond what happens or doesn't happen. So I find in it a hopeful word for our time and the struggles we face today.

We look forward to Worshiping with you this Sunday at 8:00 a.m. (in the Chapel for a shortened Communion Service), 9:30 a.m. (in the Sanctuary), or on Livestream at 9:30 a.m. (and throughout the day and week on our YouTube Channel). The morning will be filled with inspiring music and our continued journey through Galatians.


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