What to do?
So one of the concerns I definitely want to talk about is how all of our religious speculation and our questions end up transferring from head-space (or cyberspace) to meatspace. I've got one major suggestion that has been helping me lately.
When I was going through all my existential angst following the implosion of my candidacy in the ELCA
, one of the things that revjack
pushed really hard was getting ordained in the ULC
. It got me thinking about all religious life as a call to a kind of ministry. When Jesus is talking about a priesthood of all believers, I don't think it's metaphorical. We're all called to put ourselves in that ministerial mindset.
Now I don't know that everyone needs to get ordained by the ULC to get in this mindset; it certainly helped me, and I encourage doing it (it's free) and taking it seriously. Get out there and pastor people. faoiltiama
, I think this will help you with your feelings of being unmoored and adrift. You draw people out enough when it comes to their faith, and they start taking an interest and pastoring back. You get shepherded because you put yourself in the position of a shepherd for someone when they needed it. I think if you consciously think of yourself as a (subversive!) minister, you'll feel more supported after a very short while.
I hope that helps. That's what's been kicking around in my head since the post that started all this earlier today. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, I think acting externally as a minister will help fix some of the internal problems that arise with throwing off some of the moorings of the thin kind of Christianity our culture endorses.
Also, totally unrelated subject: thoughts on interests that should be on the community info screen? I'm adding a few of the obvious ones now.