Will you walk with us?
In his homecoming sermon this year, Dean Sam Candler provided a powerful framework for thinking about what we have to offer to God, each other, and ourselves. As he has said many times over, we all have something to offer to God—our joy, our sadness, our voices, our quiet. And he went on to say, “Love is our offering. Love is what we give to. Love is where we make our offerings.” We are so grateful for how you love the Cathedral. This community exists because of generations of parishioners that have loved, and offered, and given to the church.
Walking is a great metaphor for our life at the Cathedral this year. We walk to receive communion together, many of us walk the labyrinth as a form of meditation, some of us even walk the Peachtree Road Race together. This past year, we walked with each other in Atlanta, at Arrendale State Prison, through Iona, Scotland, and in Haiti. A lot of our walks are fun and invigorating—we walk through the Farmers Market or to see another extraordinary musical concert in the nave. Some of our walks are long and arduous. We walk a loved one through their final days, we walk with a friend whose relationship with a spouse or friend may have fractured, or we walk in support of a loved one battling an illness.
Of course, our walks together are more about the journey than the destination. We transform each other and the church by offering our steps, our paces, our gifts. We see things with new eyes, new understandings, and new appreciation. The uniqueness of the Cathedral is how our giving transforms our gifts. Our annual pledges allow our priests to minister, our Sunday School volunteers to teach, and our parishioners to serve in Atlanta and the world. All of these activities transform and build our community.
Through all of these, we walk in love—offering what we can—presence, comforting words, financial support. This is our love in action and we hope you’ll join us!
Sara & Donnie Chapman
Andi & Doug O’Bryan
2019 Stewardship Co-Chairs
If you have any questions about annual giving, contact David Rocchio.