On November 2 and 3 we had the opportunity to hear from the Rev. Philip Gulley, Quaker pastor and author, during his visit to Otterbein. He shared his unique brand of storytelling with us, blending wisdom and humor in a variety of ways. During a time of Q&A, one person asked Pastor Gulley for his reaction when people say, that they are “spiritual, but not religious.” I’m still pondering Pastor Gulley’s response. He made this analogy: “Faith without a fellowship is like saying you are a football player without a team!” Although these were not his exact words, they capture the essence of his opinion. To this, I would add “and without a coach” as well! 

I would hate to be on this journey of faith alone, without a fellowship and a Pastor to guide us. I’m sure I would have given up a long time ago; the going would have been too tough! Although even the love and care provided by a community of faith like Otterbein does not mean there are easy answers to all of our questions, it does provide an example of the unconditional love of God in human form. If you feel the Spirit stirring in your life and don’t have a team, I invite you to join us and strengthen both yourself and the family of faith!

Submitted by Sue Trapnell