“Honored to Be Invited”

27 01 2012

by AVIS GARRETT-BAPTIST,
Overland Park, Kansas, USA

Being baptized and growing up as a Baptist and being baptized again and becoming a Methodist, I believed I had found my home. I was always active in church while pursuing higher education and building my practice as an art therapist.

After six years as a widow, I fell in love with a man—and his church. We married 10 years ago, and on July 10 I felt honored to be invited into Community of Christ membership.

During my 10 years of attendance before joining, I met wonderful, loving, God-filled people. I discovered a family of believers who are progressive and avoid the stifling dynamics associated with fear and guilt. Learning, growing, and a shared feeling of belonging drive them.

I have read many books and attended many classes, and they make me eager to learn more about the history of the church. Through my teachings, I hope to share my love for the church and God with others.


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27 01 2012
Bill Gunlock

Your testimony, Ms. Garrett, is a powerful testimony of a church bathed in continuing revelation. Your words “. . who are progressive and avoid the stifling dynamics associated with fear and guilt” ring deliverance to all those who are fed up with religious institutions which smother peoples’ lives and manipulate their lives to drive and keep them in the faith. Here in Taiwan I have talked to many thinking persons looking for a faith such as you describe. Thank you for your words; I will be using them in my sharings.




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