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Pastoral Message

Dear Friends,
Grace and peace to all.

We have not had an opportunity to meet together since March 8, 2020.  It has been difficult not seeing you on a weekly bases but I also know your safety and well being is of the utmost importance.

We are following a “go slow/go small” approach to reopening as the severity of COVID-19 pandemic lessens over time.  This approach is rooted in the call of scripture to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  (Mark 12:30-31)  Our approach is consistent with the General Rule to “do no harm” as one of the hallmarks of our Wesleyan faith.

Last week I announced our first gathering will be Sunday, May 31, at 10 am.  We will be worshiping outdoors on our property.  We encourage you to wear your mask.  If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.  We have reusable masks (donated by Dr. Yvette Bonaparte) and disposable ones as well.

We will begin promptly at 10 am and end by 11 am.  This will be an opportunity to bring your Lenten boxes if you haven’t already done so along with your offering.  Following this service, the leadership team and others will have an opportunity to evaluate and make recommendations for future opportunities to worship outdoors.

In the meantime, we will continue to prayerfully consider when it will be best to assemble again indoors.  We must remember church gatherings, because so much of what we do requires close and sustained contact among persons, presents a higher risk of infection than does a quick trip to the grocery store where general contact with others is more casual.

It is our hope for New Creation that we will make the best decisions around reopening issues.  Flexibility will be required to respond to circumstances as they are at any given time while at the same time ensuring we are fulfilling our vision to “glorify God and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” by offering a safe and caring environment for anyone who is searching to be spiritually fulfilled and accepted.

May we always affirm our commitment to showing Christian love and care to others as well as building a grace-filled community.

BE SAFE, BE HEALTHY, BE KIND (to yourself and to others).

Pastor Al


Congratulation Mary! We are thankful for your work and commitment to address these uncomfortable topics: race, gender, and disability inequalities.  We love you and celebrate your honoree recognition. 


 Rev. Dr. Mary Fulkerson 

by Ann Marie Deer Owens, May. 7, 2020, Vanderbuilt News

An emerita professor who has pushed boundaries on theology’s understanding of race, gender and disability, a co-founder of an inclusive faith-based coalition serving Nashville’s marginalized population, and a tireless advocate on public health issues have all been named the 2020 Vanderbilt Divinity School l and F Graduate Department of Religion Distinguished Alumni/ae.

Fulkerson, emerita professor of theology at Duke Divinity School, is being recognized by the Graduate Department of Religion for her outstanding teaching and scholarship. She earned her doctorate in theology from Vanderbilt in 1986. Her dissertation was titled “Ecclesial Tradition and Social Praxis: A Study in Theological Method.” Prior to that, she received a bachelor of ministry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master of divinity from Duke Divinity School.

Fulkerson was the longest-serving member of the Duke Divinity School faculty when she became an emerita professor in 2019. Her teaching areas include authority issues in contemporary theology, theology and culture, issues in women and religion, feminist theology and more. She was the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Visiting Associate Professor at Vanderbilt from 2001 to 2003.

Fulkerson is the author of Changing the Subject: Women’s Discourses and Feminist Theology, which examines the liberating practices of feminist academics and non-feminist church women. She also wrote Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church, which focuses on ecclesial practices that enable resistance to racism and other contemporary forms of social brokenness, interpreting the doctrine of the church in light of racial diversity and the differently abled. Her latest book, A Body Broken, A Body Betrayed: Race, Memory, and Eucharist in White-Dominant Churches, was co-written with Marcia Mount Shoop and published in 2016.

Fulkerson is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has served as a member of her denomination’s Advocacy for Women Task Force.


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