Freedom in Christ is yours this day, sisters and brothers. AMEN.
So those are some noteworthy changes in institutional leadership. But I want to tell you about another place where we can witness leadership and reformation.
The church has for most of my life claimed to be a welcoming place. And I thank God for that. I’ve been receive into that with my own doubts and questions about religion. (I’ve shared this story more than once this week: How I approached my campus pastor during a semester that I was taking a challenging philosophy class, and told him that I didn’t think I believed in God anymore. “OK. But I still need a lector on Sunday. Can you still read?”) I’ve been fortunate enough to have experienced the church as as welcoming place; others just hear or read about the church’s claim as a welcoming place. But the welcome gets even bolder, even more tangible, even more centered on the Gospel, under the reformation leadership of St. Emma, and so many others like her (some in this congregation too).
(It’s not a demolition and a complete rebuild. There’s good stuff here in this ancient tradition, but like an eroded sculture, the edges need some sharpening, the facial expression need some clarifying and redefining.)