A couple of years ago, I first met with Rev. Jim Lemler, the Rector at Christ Church Greenwich. Despite being the largest church in Greenwich, Christ Church is also known for it’s incredible hospitality – it hosts recovery meetings every day of the week, is the site of the nationally acclaimed “Courage & Faith” speaker program, and provides outreach funding and services all over the world.
I want to take a moment to celebrate this moment in the history of the Greenwich faith community (if it’s not immediately apparent) – this is not just another case of a church in a wealthy town sponsoring an outreach program by sending money or a busload of volunteers off to some other part of the world (efforts we applaud, by the way). This is an “in-reach” ministry! By this act of great compassion and empathy, Christ Church Greenwich has reached out its arms and wrapped them around its own suffering neighbors and invited them into its midst. This is an act of true humility and kindness – the sheep and the goats. It is we who are awestruck and humbled to be a part of this God-filled moment. On behalf of all who now will be seen in a different way, and helped with more dignity – thank you.
To this end, Christ Church Greenwich has also invited me to preach during this winter/spring and to give a”10:10″ talk that morning between the services – it should be a wonderful opportunity to get to know the congregation and community better and to discuss our ministries in a comfortable setting.
GLF meeting & interview details: Dec. 13th, 7 am (6:30 am for breakfast) at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Steamboat Road (right off Exit 3), Greenwich, Connecticut. It is hard to express our deep gratitude for this opportunity to share our experience in the company of such good, dedicated people. Please join us and experience what this important group is doing to help model appropriate and faithful business attitude & behavior.
P.S. Walt Pavlo wrote an article this week for Forbes about our ministries: Starting a Discussion on White Collar Crime and Recovery. I want to take this opportunity to say a few words about Walt. He is a reporter on the national white-collar crime scene who consistently writes evenhanded human stories about the brokenness and suffering that goes on in people’s lives, and about the redemption that can happen on the other side – that is, the truth. He never opts for the easy way out or for sensationalism. For these reasons I suggest you closely follow Walt’s columns for Forbes.
Director, Progressive Prison Project/
Innocent Spouse & Children Project
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA 06830
Director of Prison Ministries
First Baptist Church of Bridgeport
126 Washington Avenue, 1st Fl.
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA 06604