Now is the time!
Now is the time to live into the vision Paul offered to his church plants at Colossae and Galatia: a community with neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, all one in Christ.
I’m an Anglo woman in my sixties, well-accustomed to worship among Episcopalians and Lutherans – faith traditions that originated in the Reformation in Northern Europe. I treasure these beloved communities but my heart is always looking toward the church of Paul’s vision, no longer Jew or Greek, no longer slave or free, no longer male or female, for all are one in Christ.
Enacting Paul's vision is an urgent necessity. We raise our children in integrated schools, they eat Thai food, pizza, bbq, they dance to the music of the world. They're living multicultural, multiethnic lives - until they come to church.
How can churches respond? Nobody has a formula but, if the question compels you, if the longing for transformation pulls at your heart, welcome. Let's dream together.
Author Archives: Pamela
Post-election Holiday Assortment: Perspective-taking, Advent resources, #decolonizelutheranism keeps growing
Advent – time to get in touch with our visions. In this edition of Liturgy Remix we’ll look at the post-election well-being of the beloved community, walk through some resources for Advent, and check on the growth of the #decolonizelutheranism … Continue reading
Greetings, friends! I’m an Anglo woman in my sixties, well-accustomed to worship among Episcopalians and Lutherans – faith traditions that originated in the Reformation in Northern Europe. I treasure these beloved communities but my heart is always looking toward the church … Continue reading
Greetings to visitors, readers, and conversation partners! At this website, I’m reflecting on how to help Anglo churches get comfortable with opening up to different cultures and languages. My heart’s goal is transformation of the 99%-white churches I’ve loved all … Continue reading
For the past year or so I’ve facebook-followed Mike Kinman, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral (an Episcopal outfit) in St. Louis. As he’s worked to engage the Cathedral with the pain and sorrow of the city it serves, Kinman has … Continue reading
I have to admit I’m often disappointed by what’s currently presented as bilingual liturgy. As I’ve experienced bilingual liturgy, liturgical texts are primarily in English with one or two songs in Spanish – a pro forma experience that refers to … Continue reading
Why remember Bartolomé de Las Casas? We use history to understand the present and the Christopher Columbus story of heroic exploration and conquest is not serving us well. The heroic public story of European colonization of Latin America and South … Continue reading
One complicated task in forming Christian children is teaching about, explaining, the world’s other faith traditions. Children are curious and they are right to be curious. They have Jewish friends, Muslim friends, Sikh friends, Hindu friends. What do these differences … Continue reading
Take a listen to Lester Mackenzie, Chaplain of the House of Deputies, leading We Are One Together at the July 2015 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.The song is paperless -which is good! – and insanely easy to learn. Here … Continue reading