Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Expressions of Gratitude: Pastor Shawn: “I’m There!”
When Matt and I initially started researching how Annie could benefit from medical cannabis to manage her epilepsy, we “broke the news” to our family, not sure how anyone would respond. Everyone was super supportive. The more “in-depth” and public our advocacy became, we felt we should inform our pastor, Shawn Berkebile, what we were pursuing. We belong to a small, conservative congregation in Adams County and just wanted to be up front with him, as we would be involving press and media along the way. I can’t exactly recall how the initial conversation went…whether it was in person or over the phone…but what I DO know, is that he was also supportive…immediately. We were blessed to have his support, as well as the congregation at St. John’s Lutheran Church standing with us.
Shawn took a leadership role and worked tirelessly with fellow advocates to pull together a clergy event at the Capitol to demonstrate that he was not alone in his support and compassion for the voiceless. With the help of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), a new website was launched on the heels of a very successful multi faith press conference entitled, “Clergy for Compassion.” Shawn and fellow faith leaders across the state continue to astound us in number, support and passion for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable.
Much love and respect,
Angie and Matt Sharrer and the team at Campaign for Compassion