We have asked all the nominees for moderator four questions so that we, as a church, could get to know them a little better. Here are the responses for Rev. Dr. Tom Sherwood. If you would like to know more about Tom, please read his profile from the General Council 41 website.
1) “Cruxifusion” means “united by the cross.” What does Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection mean to you?
I gave my life to Christ as a young man. That was how we talked in my congregation. To non-church friends, I explain that I offered my gifts in altruistic service and citizenship, probably as teacher or civil servant – sacrificial living in imitation of Christ, living love in response to God’s love in Christ. The call into ordained ministry was separate and later.
100 words? – A lifetime of response! I live in gratitude to God who has created and is creating, who has saved and is saving, and leads us on. I live in hope and certainty that death is not the end.
2) Describe the God you worship.
“Friend” is my favourite metaphor, and means a lot to me.
Presence. Eternal. Love. Hope.
3) Which Christian author has had the greatest impact on you?
Two authors I worked with: Doug Hall on the Theology and Faith Committee for several years between the 1977 and 1986 General Councils, and Jean Vanier – I did events with him in the 70s, 90s and the past decade, including a weekend retreat with students.
Their writings are significant of course, but spending hours and hours with them in conversations and situations enriched my understanding of their thinking and their faith… enriched my life.
4) What gifts and passions do you have that you believe the United Church of Canada needs today?
Hope. Trust. An ability to distinguish between the timeless and eternal truth of Scripture and traditions that may be contextual and temporary.