Seeing God’s Vision

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

I met Father Ed Hayes 25 years ago when he was directing a retreat center in rural Kansas. Ed had this grandfatherly way of bringing people together from many different spiritual perspectives. He was equally at home at the head of the long oak dinner table and at the chapel’s communion table …

One Hundred Years Ago

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

By Spring 1919, the flu pandemic had claimed 2,300 souls from Kansas City’s population of 250,000, leaving us one of the hardest hit cities in America. In November of that same year, a missionary sent to our city by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) began meeting in homes with …

Alway, Something Sings

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Our board chair, Tepring Crocker was in my office. When we finished our board business, she bounded out with glee remarking, “I get to go sing now. It will be the first time I’ve sung with other people outside of my family in many months.”  Our Director of Music, Matt Thompson, …

Small and Big at the Same Time

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

“If you do something really great out in the wilderness, no one will clap for you,” she said with a gentle smile and a enthusiastic staccato in her voice. She was young, 20 something, and had earned a degree in art and wilderness therapy. I had heard of art therapy …

Connecting

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

On Tuesday night, 96 of us gathered for the annual “State of the Church.” About 35 of us gathered in the back yard under the tent and later more than 60 of us gathered via Zoom. One person wrote to me and said it was the best one we had ever had. I …

Changing

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

I listened to an interview with author and professor, George Saunders. In the interview he shared about the time he went incognito in a homeless shelter in Fresno, California. There he met a wise older man from Guatemala who kept saying “Everything is always keep changing.” Professor Saunders says that …

A Fountain

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Deep and Wide Deep and Wide There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide. Thirty-two years ago was my first official day on the job at Country Club Christian Church. I could not have imagined then the depth and width I would experience inside the contours of this beloved congregation. I …

Summer Reading

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

A friend recently asked me how I make time to read so much. I laughed because I never feel like I find enough time to read. When the pandemic broke out I thought it would be a perfect time to read more, with fewer night meetings and social engagements. But …

Sabbath

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

“Monkey in the Middle” pierced the subtle rhythm of the ocean lapping at the shore. Squeals and dives and splashes erupted as my young adult son taught his nieces and nephews his favorite childhood game.

Blackberry Moments

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

“Look, I found a huge one, this one will be mine… oh look at this little one here, this can be for my little sister.” This was the running monologue of my 5-year-old grandson during our recent blackberry picking adventure. We learned to bypass the red ones which are too …

The Middle

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

  “Everything looks like a failure in the middle. Everyone loves inspiring beginnings and happy endings; it is just the middles that involve hard work.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business Review 2009 Back in March, we thought we needed to hunker down for a few weeks or maybe even a …