Rabbi in Residence Douglas E. Krantz

Rabbi in Residence Douglas E. Krantz, Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew, Wilmington, Delaware

I am grateful to my colleague, the Reverend David Andrews, for his friendship and for offering me the opportunity to serve as Rabbi in Residence of the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew.

These are challenging days in our lives here in Delaware and in our country. I am touched deeply by my awareness that the Church I shall serve is itself a consolidation, a coming together of two different church communities and figuring out how to work together to create a shared future. Surely two churches coming together can be a role model we in our larger society need to emulate because every decision to work together for a common future is about compromise, love and forgiveness.
 
We in the larger American community have lost the art of communicating successfully with those with whom we disagree in order to find common cause. We are divided into camps of haves and have nots. We have become camps with different ways of expression, with starkly different understandings about the nature and gifts of life. We reference different data as we draw a diagram of our awareness. Opportunity is not shared by all. Despair darkens too many lives. Racism is rampant. Opportunity is reserved for the affluent. We struggle to come together in the common cause of uplifting all of God’s children. We have work to do together to bring the healing balm of hope to all of our neighbors.
 
Our master, Rabbi Chayyim of Zants, told us this parable:
 
A man had been wandering about in a forest for several days unable to find the way out. Finally, he saw a man approaching him in the distance. His heart was filled with joy. “Now I shall surely find out which is the right way out of this forest,” he thought to himself. When they neared each other, he asked the man, “Brother, will you please tell me the way out of the forest? I have been wandering about in here for several days and I am unable to find my way out.”
 
Said the other to him, “Brother, I do not know the way out either for I have been wandering about in here for many days. But this much I can tell you. Do not go the way that I have gone, for I know that is not the way. Now come, let us search for the way out together.
 
Our master added: So, it is with us. The one thing each of us knows is that the way we have been going is not the way. Now come, let us join hand and look for the way together.”
 
So now we join hands to find our way together,
—Rabbi Douglas E. Krantz, June, 2019