From the Superintendent

By Greg Yee, Superintendent, PacNWC

As we begin a new Christian Year with the first week of Advent this Sunday, I find myself reflecting on the beautiful and theologically vital passage Philippians 2:5-8.  As we enter this time of the year when we remember in anticipation the coming of our Savior, we are given this description of Jesus knowing his place of power and privilege.  Even though he had this, deserved it, it was not his focus to maintain it.  Rather, he let go of his control and position and took on human flesh.  He did this to make things right so that all could flourish and have new life.  In the beginning of this passage it says, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”  How is your mindset?  I’m feeling this deeply as we just came off our 10th Journey to Mosaic.  How do I understand my racial privilege and power and what must I do to have Christ’s heart-set when it comes to learning and responding to race realities?  I’m feeling this deeply as we are confronted with the shocking and steady flow of names coming forward around sexual assault/harassment.  How do I understand how misogynistic our culture and subcultures are and how do I have the focus and attitude of Christ as a male? I once read this quote, “One of the privileges of the great is to witness catastrophes from a terrace.”  I believe there is much for each of us to consider as we, even today, expectantly wait for Jesus’ coming.  May we have the mindset of the Prince of Peace and not sit on our terraces, but enter our worlds full of catastrophes.  We are people of contentment & restlessness, peace & frustration, and love & anger.  May you begin Advent with the mindset of the Prince of Peace & our Conquering King.  Come, o come, Emmanuel…

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