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Kim Reindl

M. Div., Religious Education

M. A., Communication

kim@mail.pomegranatece.com

 

"I believe; help my unbelief!"

--Mark 9:24

 

 

 

 

"In the essentials, unity.  In the non-essentials, liberty. In all things charity."--Author Unknown; frequently quoted by John Wesley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statements of Belief

I believeÖ 

  • that God is an engaged, loving, ever-seeking Creator.  Although we are given free will, God does not merely leave us to our own devices, but rather is an ever-present parent and teacher, desiring to guide us into the fullness of life that God created us to live. 

  • that Jesus the Christ is the ultimate revelation of Godís divine character.  When we look at Jesus, we see God.  The incarnation is the manifestation of Godís loving self-expression for the sake of all of creation.  Therefore, Godís act in the incarnation is equally as important as Godís act in the atonement, both pointing to the truth of Godís self-sacrificial love. 

  • that the Holy Spirit is the promised gift of Godís guiding presence.  We are never alone because the Spirit is here to guide, comfort, confront, empower, and inspire us.

  • that God is love.  All that is of love, is of God. 

  • that the Bible is inspired by God and written by humans.  In interpreting the Bible we approach the texts as members of a faith community, using the best of modern scholarship.  Any approach to the Bible that ignores human involvement dishonors the witness of God throughout human history.  God has always revealed Godself through the messy, murky stuff of human life.  The greatest indication of this is that God became flesh and dwelt among us.   

  • that life is a process.  We are on a journey that includes mountain top epiphanies and dark, lonesome valleys.  Although many persons can and do have conversion experiences, belonging to God does not require the ability to name a ďsalvation moment.Ē   For many, falling in love with God gently unfolds over time.  For all, transformation into the image of Christ is an ongoing process. 

  • that God gives the growth.  As an educator, I am not the one to convert or transform anyone.  The work of conversion and transformation is between God and the individual.  My purpose is merely to create safe, loving, open, and honest environments where people are invited and encouraged to encounter God, who is already there. 

  • that adult learners do not accept the answers to questions that they have not yet asked for themselves.  Therefore, questioning is not viewed as a hindrance to faith, but rather a necessary means by which we grow into faith. 

  • that the teacher is also a learner and that the learner is also a teacher.  For this reason, every learning environment should be dynamic and unpredictable.  The teacherís responsibility is to provide the tools for learning.  What is constructed in the learning space is not pre-determined by the teacherís agenda, but rather remains open to the dynamic quality of the group in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

ďCreating space for seeds of grace to take root and grow.Ē