Rev. Daniel Kidder-McQuown
Arbor Grove Congregational Church
From the Pastor …
November 2017


This month our worship theme will focus on different ways of being spiritual.  The Gospel of John will be our guide as we look at the spirituality of grief, intimacy, and finish the month by exploring the question: Is there a particular Congregational kind of spirituality?

For religious people, the term “spiritual” can be difficult to understand.  When the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA conducted their national survey of students and faculty (2004-2010), they measured spirituality according to the following: a person’s spiritual quest, charitable involvement, equanimity, ethic of caring, and ecumenical worldview.  These are qualities inside or outside religion; spirituality belongs to all people.  In other words, everyone is spiritual (in some way), but not everyone is religious.

At its heart, spirituality is a mystery and a relationship with God.  Jesus said, “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).  This month we will begin exploring this mystery.  Whether we are just starting out our spiritual journey, or looking for ways our faith can refine our practice, I encourage each of us to embrace our own unique path.  Take it from one pilgrim to another – The spiritual journey is worth every step.

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Arbor Grove Congregational Church
2621 McCain Road
Jackson, MI 49203
(517) 784-4824