My dear friend, Reverend Gretchen Weis, gave me a book as a thankyou gift for leading the laying on of hands and blessing at her installation. The title of that book is Pastrix: the Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint.
The book is a collection of stories about journey of faith that brought the author, Nadia Bolz-Weber, to be a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
In one chapter titled “Thanks,ELCA!” she describes how she became a Lutheran. Part of that journey was attending adult confirmation classes led by Pastor Ross.
He described grace in that class. From that Nadia breaks it down to 5 bullet points. The first sentence of each bullet points is:
- God’s grace is a gift freely given to us.
- No one is climbing a spiritual ladder.
- We are simultaneously sinner and saint, 100 percent of both, all the time.
- The Bible is not God.
- The movement in our relationship to God is always from God to us.
I would like to take some time to look at each of those bullet points and tell you how I understand them. We can translate them by looking at them through the lens of how each of us experiences grace in our lives.
Date(s) - Feb 2, 2020
10:30 am - 11:30 am