Monday, March 24, 2014

Acts8 Blogforce: Elevator Pitch

You walk onto an elevator and ride up a few floors. The car stops, the doors open, and someone else gets on. You can't believe it, but it's the governor of the state in which you live. You've always wanted the chance to share your idea of how a partnership between the state and your organization could make a big difference in the lives of your state's residents. This might be your only chance. You've only got a minute or two to make a big impact, so you launch in. This is your elevator pitch.

The Acts8 movement is a movement that looks for resurrection in the Episcopal Church. (Go read Acts 8 for more insight into why this is important and exciting.) This week, the Acts8 Blogforce challenge is to create an "elevator pitch" for the Episcopal Church. If you had just a brief moment to share with someone why you believe that the Episcopal Church is something they should consider, this is what you'd say. Here's my elevator pitch.

Have you ever wondered whether your life has meaning beyond itself—whether there's more reason for living than just making it through one day at a time? I believe that part of what it means to be human is to ask that question, and I think it's a shame when someone or some group of people suggests that they already have the answer for me. Life is about searching for the answers. And we should all be given a place where it is safe to explore that question and its many possible answers for ourselves.

I have found that the Episcopal Church is the place where I can ask that question and be given enough space to find the answers. For me, the most important answer is found in the person of Jesus Christ. Through his story, I've learned to recognize that God loves me no matter who I am or what I do. That unconditional love has transformed me into the person I believe I was created to be. Now, I’m not finished looking for the answers, but I know that Episcopal Church is willing to let me—and everyone else on the planet—join them as we search for life’s answers together.

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