Thursday, July 30, 2015

new ventures

Well, it seems like it may be time to start writing again.  I took a bit of a hiatus there for a year and a half.  It seemed like I was in a bit of a holding pattern--going to school, teaching at law school, volunteering at church, and working through issues related to the suffering of friends close to me.

But it appears that I'm on the other side of that, and I continue to have people encouraging and asking me to write.  I've finished my master's degree, having spent the last 8 months or so working on a thesis exploring the beliefs of a sample of Millennials in my community regarding spirituality and groups--trying to get at whether they had any sense of value for and interest in gathering with a community of others seeking God.

Meanwhile, I started a part-time job at a local Methodist church.  In March I said yes to a job helping them plan and start a second church service aimed at worship that would be meaningful for folks under 40.  For many reasons, and though it was completely unexpected, it seemed like the right job.  And it turns out that it was the right time, too.  I was able to use my thesis study to inform my work at the church.

So this is the exciting new venture that I am embarking on, along with  the church that I joined.  So as we explore what church could and should look like for Millennials and beyond, I think I just may begin writing about it.  As we struggle and experiment and try to figure out what to do next, I'll share what I can of the journey so that we as the broader Christian church can make this journey together.  If this is a topic you're interested in, stay tuned....

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