Reposted from Huffington Post:
Recently I was invited by a community advocate to a PUAH meeting (Portland United Against Hate). As a minister, being involved in community work is an important calling that Jesus has given both Lori and I. However, it is easy to become involved in so many works/organizations, that one can neglect their calling to minister to the people in our own congregation. After reviewing the material, goals, and mission statements from PUAH, I decided to pray more about my involvement. Lori indicated this was an important work to join and some of those in the community, whom I volunteer with, also felt it was important for a faith leader to support.