I Think I Might Try Going to Church
Since closing down Sojourn last year, I've only gone to church twice. I think I'm ready to change that.
Since we closed Sojourn nearly one year ago I have only gone to church twice.
Well, that’s not technically true if you count the 21 stops on my tour for The Shift. Most of those were churches, so I guess I’ve gone to church plenty… but you get my point.
For the first 40 years of my life church was a staple. Every Sunday morning. The first twenty years as a lay person, the second twenty years in paid vocational ministry. Such a rhythm creates a real sense of habit.
Then Sojourn closed down and, for the first time in four decades, my Sunday mornings were wide open. For the first couple months I just spent them at home (well, not “home,” per se, because at that time I was living in Air BnBs and on friend’s couches). Navigating both a divorce and a two-decade long vocational change was a real doozy.
January rolled around and that’s when I started putting together dates for The Shift Tour, which in addition to being an absolute blast for all sorts of reasons, it also sufficiently scratched enough of my church-itch to keep me satiated. Had I gone totally cold-turkey from 40 years of church to no-church-at-all, I might’ve had a rougher time. But as it is, I got to sort of slide my way out.
Well now the Tour is over and once again I stare at the calendar on the weekends and think, “hmmph, now what?”
And… well… I think I might try just going to church again.
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