Why I Love Anew

“It’s liberal and not fundamentalistic.”

“Its the only family I have.”

“Its about loving everyone and when comparing Anew to other churches, that would seem to be harder than it is. At Anew though, loving one another and everyone is really easy.”

Stay Tuned! There is more to come!

Bhanti Dhamma Pala to Visit ANEW

The ANEW UCC will enjoy listening to information about Buddhism from Bhanti Dhamma Pala this Sunday on August 17 during worship.

For some, this may be considered a conflict with the Christian path, but it is not. The Buddha, which simply means the Awakened One, never claimed to be a deity. In fact, in it’s most traditional sense, Buddhism is a psychotherapy (however this ideology did not exist during the Buddha’s time) that deals with the nature of life holding suffering or unsatisfactoriness. Bhanti Dhamma Pala will expand on this during his visit with us and speak with us about how we can cultivate an ability to lessen our suffering.

ANEW meets at 804 North Mentzer in the cafeteria of LifeQuest. Visitors of all faiths, no faith, sexual orientations, gender identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds welcomed and affirmed at ANEW UCC.

An open letter from ANEW UCC

One of the defining characteristics of the United States is the ideology of freedom. Within the intricacies of defining this freedom there are differing opinions, but the truth is freedom is posited to be one of the great things the U.S. has to offer. And yet, there are still some among us who are not free to marry. Their love for one another is just as beautiful and wonderful as all other spousal love, but they are denied the respect that society grants to other couples.

Some states have realized the important need to stand alongside those being denied said rights and have made laws supporting same-sex marriage. Other states seem to be waiting and watching and still others remain staunch in this denial.

In our state, South Dakota, we are witnessing a grassroots movement by six couples that have shared life and love as beautiful as any other married couple. It is the position of the Anew United Church of Christ, of Mitchell, SD, to stand alongside these and all other same-sex couples who are seeking freedom to marry.

We do this because we believe God is a God of egalitarian justice who desires for all humanity to have the most basic right of being in legally recognized marriages as the current culture exhibits.

We do this because our congregation of Jesus followers emulates a Jesus who fought for those being denied basic privileges of the society in which they existed.

We do this because we believe South Dakota is a state of friendly people who wish to show the world that our friendliness extends to all people regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.

We do this because we desire for the courts of South Dakota to be courts that work toward justice for all, not for only some.

We do this because we desire for our children to grow up in and be proud of their home state that accepts and respects everyone.

With thanks and in hope,

Signed openly as the Anew United Church of Christ in Mitchell, SD.

ANEW to purchase shoes for underprivileged children

ANEW will be spending next Sunday, June 15, 2014, purchasing shoes that will be donated to underprivileged children. These children are often forgotten and stigmatized due to the nature of their families. In an effort to bring them a feeling of belonging as well as directly help them, members/friends of ANEW will take worship time for this service event. A total of 33 pairs of shoes will be donated.

If you would like to financially donate to this project, our mailing address is PO Box 321 Mitchell, SD 57301.