July 2017 Convocation Newsletter
I thought I wasn’t going to have to answer that snarly question for a few more years. But here we are today, already five minutes late and you’re standing at the back door whining in protest, coat clenched in your fist and your stubborn stocking feet kicking the mud-caked boots you refuse to put on so we can scramble into the car. Do you want my answer? Okay, this is why you have to go to church: It's good for you for to go to church -- to remember that you’re part of the Body of Christ, too, even if you’re the antsy legs that can’t sit still in the pew; it's good for our family that you go to church...
The answer came to me a decade ago. I was sitting in a circle of very young Episcopalians, listening to them explore a dark patch of felt in the parable of the Good Shepherd. They were so interested in the “places of danger” on the story-telling fabric. They kept looking at it, some carefully, out of the corners of their eyes...Many circles later, I came to hold a deep respect for the spiritual lives of children, and long to hand-over to them the language of the church.