Rev. Dr. Wayne Chasney
Pastor Wayne began his ministry at Monroeville in August, 1993, after graduating from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. Pastor Wayne has his Doctorate of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a focus on ministry in the small church.
In his spare time, Pastor Wayne loves running, reading and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings.
Pastor Wayne is married to Rev. Wendy Schindler-Chasney, pastor of St. John's UCC, Milan. They have two daughters.
"Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong." (1 Corinthians 1:26-27)
Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
On Friday this week, September 20, young people around the world will take part in a global climate strike, calling attention to the dramatic affects climate change will have throughout their lives and encouraging leaders to act. The strike is patterned after a movement in Sweden called "Fridays for Future" which was begun by Greta Thunberg. She and some of her friends would sit outside the Swedish parliament every school day demanding something be done to curb emissions and slow climate change. Thunberg was 15 years old. Now 16, she has become a powerful voice in the environmental movement.
Will this movement lead to change? The cynic in me is doubtful. When Margaret Mead said a small group of committed individuals could change the world, she was speaking in a different time and to a different world. Today, the powers that be seem more powerful than ever. Greed and apathy are two of the biggest hindrances to change, and both are strong.
What pulls me from despair, however, is my belief that God is stronger still. God, who with the foolish could shame the wise and who with the weak could shame the strong, gives me hope. Maybe Greta will be able to do what climate scientists have failed to do and stir people to change. And if her voice goes unheard, I believe God will lift another voice, and another after that. Maybe that voice calling for change will even be yours or mine. Don't worry if you don't see yourself as wise by human standards, or powerful, or of "noble birth." With God's strength within us, we too can shame the strong. We too can change the world.