Trying to summarize the past eight months of dialogue and discernment is a fraught task, let alone trying to accurately the perspectives of six other group members. I am sure that Reimagining Church was a different experience for each of us: the five lay members of the working group; the senior pastor of the church; and myself, the student facilitator. Yet, we found a way to bridge our various perspectives into three key themes.
One question inherent to the Reimagining Church program that is so fundamental that it runs the risk of being overlooked is: Why Church? In a diversifying North American society that is increasingly more religiously pluralistic and non-Christian, one must ask the question of why the Church as an institution and place for communal gathering remains relevant or ought to remain relevant.
From my view as facilitator of Branford UCC’s conversation with Becca, I saw something remarkable happen.
On Saturday, October 9, the working group from FCCB gathered on Zoom with eight other congregations and Tyler Sit to discuss his book, Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers, and ministry experience as it relates to Reimagining Church.
Part of the privilege of working with the First Congregational Church of Branford is stepping into an ecclesial environment steeped in history.