There are many reasons we’re doing this:
We are extremely grateful for the generosity and friendship of Nativity
Lutheran and wish to make the most healthy and considerate exit possible.
Yes, we will work together to observe all the traditions and expressions of our faith in this space. There will be some minor accommodations, in order to respect the faith of Temple Beth-David.
These are not limitations on our faith, merely
respecting theirs. We will be able to fully express and enjoy our faith.
No. This move is in alignment with the “Ecumenical Commitment”
found in The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church.
“…Concurrently, we have entered into serious interfaith
encounters and explorations between Christians and adherents
of other living faiths of the world. Scripture calls us to be both
neighbors and witnesses to all peoples. Such encounters require
us to reflect anew on our faith and to seek guidance for our
witness among neighbors of other faiths… As people bound
together on one planet, we see the need for a self-critical view of
our own tradition and accurate appreciation of other traditions. In
these encounters, our aim is not to reduce doctrinal differences
to some lowest common denominator of religious agreement, but
to raise all such relationships to the highest possible level of
human fellowship and understanding…”
We have informed Reverend Dionne Hammond, our District
Superintendent of the Atlantic Central District of this initiative. We
received no objections. We will maintain our doctrines, teachings, and practices while utilizing the Temple Beth David
We will be able to use:
These spaces will be used for our church activities as agreed upon in
our lease agreement. This includes areas for Worship, Children’s
Ministry Youth, Classes, Small Groups, Playground, etc.
Our agreement calls for a one-year lease starting on June 1, 2023.
We will coordinate with Temple Beth David regarding our respective
schedules and calendars of services, holy days, socials, and other
events and set a unified schedule that accommodates both parties.
If you think of other questions, please submit them in writing to our Church Office, online at thegatheringplacefl.org, ask one of our Lead Team members, or voice them at our Town Hall, which will be held on March 26th.