Grief is overwhelming. Wounds linger. Anger is simmering. Polarization is increasing. And few can see much hope for the future of our church. This is reality, and that means this is what we must address. So how do we begin? By remembering who we are. And perhaps even more importantly, to take the first steps to begin to live who we are: “12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:12-14)