The authenticity of The Crucified Life is beyond measure. I believe we at St. Marks are getting more from the program than Fr. Charlie expected. By listening to a member from each group each Sunday as he/she reflects in the Homily/Sermon we have opened a new door to the church. The two homilist reflecting on "Forgiveness" and "Salvation" were right on spot: lay leadership is not just for non-clergy work, but for fresh and new insight from the village, the community, the supermarket, the drug store, the gas station, and from the kitchen table at home. Theology cannot be written once and for all. What the clergy learn in seminary is foundational and sound, but we sometimes forget the neighborhood: we forget that Theology must be expressed in cultural, timely, and contextual terms, understanding that God meets us where we are with a message for the people, where we are; A message undergirded by genuine care, love, faith, and God's peace. What I am writing is what I have heard and it is melting my heart with joy: these people are sharp: I cannot speak for this Diocese, but St. Mark's is already better off because of this series: (lay leaders have something to say). May God continue to guide us as we do the unusual (in the Episcopal Church) to build up the kingdom of God.
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