Please note that any links to the Jesus event have been removed as that blog is no longer in service. Instead, you can read my interview re-edited and with a new title here: On a Pilgrimage, Following Jesus.
Today I’m delighted to make an appearance on the Jesus event, a blog by fellow MennoNerd Tyler Tully, who is doing a series of interviews that focuses on the faith journey of friends and colleagues. I’m glad to be counted among them, and appreciate his thoughtful questions.
Each interview highlights “I once was . . . ” “but now I’m . . . ” I like the sense of change that expresses, for the journey of faith is a journey of change, and I’ve certainly experienced that in my life with the church, so I appreciate the form of his title.
Yet in my own mind, I can’t help substituting “and” for “but”–I once was a pilgrim, and now I’m planted — since although I’ve been part of the same church for years, the church is not the same church, and I am not the same person and pastor. In terms of faith, I’m still on a journey, still a pilgrim.
With that caveat, here’s an excerpt, with a link below to the full interview.
My husband and I married while we were both still in university, and together we formed and tried to live out an understanding of Christian faith and life that focused on following Jesus, simple living, and peace. During these years I went to different churches of different denominations — Lutheran, Anglican, Baptist, Gospel Hall, United Church, Plymouth Brethren, and others. Some might say I was church hopping or church shopping, but I think of it as a kind of pilgrimage, looking for a church home even as I was figuring out what it meant for me to be Christian. For me and for us, the Anabaptist Mennonite Church became that church home.
For this interview, please see On a Pilgrimage, Following Jesus.