I don’t know if everyone has been going full-tilt, as my mother would say, but life has been very busy around here lately.
Every morning (almost), I start my day by spending some time on my treadmill. It’s a chance for me to be active , but not have to concentrate too hard, so I can go over my day’s calendar in my head.
More and more, the agenda includes reaching out and responding to people who’ve been interested in something going on at Trinity. Recently, I’ve met with people associated with the United Way, Arts United, the Center for Congregations, Amani Family Services, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Downtown Improvement District, City of Fort Wayne, the United Negro College Fund, Fort Wayne United and several other groups working to improve our community.
The weekly Race Dialogue on Wednesday evening has been an eye-opener in so many ways—and though my own family is transracial, I have been humbled to find that I, too, have much to learn about life for those who do not look like me in our community.
I’ve gone on “field trips” to Heart of the City Mission Church, to see how they try to meet basic needs for people in their neighborhood, including food, clean clothing and the assurance that someone cares.
Recently, Kierstin Kellermeyer and I visited with the folks at Windrose Urban Farm, over on Lafayette. The nondescript blue building houses a mushroom growing operation, the likes of which I have never seen. Who knew mushrooms could be so interesting? But listening to the manager, Chris Knipstein, talk about the medicinal and nutritional properties of the mushrooms (which are almost beautiful when you start looking at them) it was hard not to be engaged. Perhaps a unique aspect of the business is that it operates as an employment program for young adults with autism and other developmental challenges. I will definitely be looking for their produce and their soups at the Barr Street Market this summer (which starts this Saturday!).
Blue Oyster Mushrooms growing in the fruiting chamber at Windrose Urban Farm
I guess I just want to share with you all how many people and how many types of people are in and out of this building and in and out of our social circles on any given week at Trinity. In every case, I am confident that we see in each other the eyes of Jesus, as we make our way through life in the center of a very busy downtown community.