Salvaging Our Story: Recovering the Good News: The Gospel of the Kingdom

March 5, 2021

"I came to explore the wreck.


I came to see the damage that was done

and the treasures that prevail.

I stroke the beam of my lamp

slowly along the flank

of something more permanent

than fish or weed

the thing I came for:

the wreck and not the story of the wreck

the thing itself and not the myth"

- "Diving into the Wreck" by Adrienne Rich

For those of us on the journey of deconstructing and decolonizing our faith, the experience can feel like diving into a wreck. To encounter the damage, to float among tenuous debris, to search, and to wonder whether there is anything worth saving can itself feel like drowning. We can feel particularly lost when it comes to what we once believed was good news. Are there any treasures that prevail, that are still worthy of being life rafts, or that we can rely upon in the most difficult storms? This Sunday at 4pm, we'll be exploring those questions and more. Join us.

Rev. Tonetta Landis-Aina is a native of North Carolina and moved to Washington DC in 2004. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary and is passionate about marginalized people finding their stories in scripture as well as about the new shapes the church will take in the 21st century. When Tonetta isn't geeking out on the Bible or trying to piece together what God might be doing in this beautitul city, she is enjoying time with her wife and 2.5 year old son who loves to assure everyone that he's grumpy.