Welcome Mateus, Mira, Florence and Arcenia

In 2011 Ringwood Uniting Church and Hosana Church (IPTL) entered into a partnership. A partnership is a relationship, but of a particular magnum and meaning. The sphere of personal relationships helps us understand the nature of what we entered into in this partnership agreement. Anyone can have a relationship. As someone summed it up: “Anyone can own a number, have a few experiences and call it a romance. Anyone can meet someone new, test the waters and introduce someone to his or her parents. Anyone can be dependent on someone. Not everyone, however, can be part of something completely and utterly dependent of itself. Not everyone can find something more stable than the people inside it. Not everyone can have a partnership.” This reminds us that relationship is but the building block toward a partnership. Kim Kardashian might have had a relationship in 72 days, but she clearly never understood what it meant to have a partnership. That is why Ringwood and Hosana invested in exploring relationship before we committed to the partnership. It is why we remain committed to investing in building the relational dimensions of our partnership. But partnership stands whether the relationship is flourishing or proving to be hard work. Relationships are volatile; partnerships are stable. Relationships are about emotion; partnerships are about emotional integrity. For these reasons living a partnership is a wonderful privilege, and we are delighted to welcome our guests this week.

(Rev) Stan