Grew up in a nominally Episcopal family but Church was always a point of contention between my parents. Became a Christian at a fundamentalist High School because I thought that would fix everything. It didn't. I had an amazing Church community in HS, college and after college, but my Church recently dissolved, and I'm kind of unmoored as I realize what an unusually amazing community I had and how unusual it was in its non-harmful theology. /1
.@brandice I can definitely relate to parts of your story. I too attended a strangely beautiful, unusually gracious community of faith, and after 10 years of leading, our pastor resigned and as a church we voted to disband. We didn’t think we could find another pastor to deal kindly with our crew of sceptics 😂 But our family has moved into a house church model now and finding it a soft place to land. It’s difficult to feel unmoored.
@Julie That's almost exactly what happened with us! We were like a family for about 16 years, but our pastor needed to focus on his own family before his kids started heading off to college, and none of us felt up to the task of keeping it going without them. We were non-denominational and had a loose definition of what constituted a "pastor" and we ordained him ourselves, so we could have done that again, but we decided it was time to say goodbye. It wouldn't have been the same without them.
@brandice those places are unique. Hoping you discover a new community. I wonder of folks from that community could reconstitute somehow.
@danielmrose that would be nice...but we're all scattered to the winds now. It was a mutual decision to disband since we all lived pretty far apart from each other, and in the past 2 years, we've moved even further apart. It was a wonderful thing to be a part of, but like all living things it had a natural lifespan and it died well when it was time.
@danielmrose The things that I loved most about our church ath taI am hoping to find/recreate in a new community are 1) eating together regularly and 2) an humble attitude of everything is up for discussion. We had folks all over the spectrum on every issue imaginable. What made our church unique was that there was not statement of beliefs we had to sign and we discussed the things we disagreed on freely and with love. It was hard, but we learned together.
@brandice move to Ypsilanti, MI! This is exactly what we are building! ❤️
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