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Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe
by Erin S. Lane and Parker J. Palmer


Overview - "The thing I am most desperate to keep you from finding out about me is . . . I want to belong, but I do not know how." There was a time when being a part of a church was not a decision you made but a reality you inhabited. But today belonging to the church has become a lost art, especially for millennials whose church experience is often summed up in one word: none.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"The thing I am most desperate to keep you from finding out about me is . . . I want to belong, but I do not know how." There was a time when being a part of a church was not a decision you made but a reality you inhabited. But today belonging to the church has become a lost art, especially for millennials whose church experience is often summed up in one word: none. Erin Lane's church experience might be better described in two words: "It's complicated." Having grown up in a church, she has an appreciation for liturgy and covenant community. Having graduated from divinity school and taken a job in spiritual formation, she appreciates the structured, shared pursuit of theological and spiritual integrity. Having married a pastor, she sort of had church coming. Yet she wasn't always sure how to belong. With earnest persistence, Erin practiced the hard (and often surprising) lessons of community. Her story is an invitation to reclaim God's promise of inclusion and live like we belong to one another.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780830843176
  • ISBN-10: 0830843175
  • Publisher: IVP Books
  • Publish Date: December 2014
  • Page Count: 208
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-12-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

Upon moving to Durham, N.C., Lane seeks a family of faith apart from the church her husband pastors. Studying her desires, conflicts, questions, and choices during the process, she settles with reservations on a separate congregation. The author, who works at the Center for Courage and Renewal, a nonprofit that helps people discover their life’s work, describes herself as “an anthropologist of belonging, studying its customs in the lives of friends and strangers.” Considering her millennial generation, she writes, “For many of us the church has become—like marriage—another institution in which we have high hopes but little confidence.” Lane offers a mix of memoir, self-examination, cultural analysis, scriptural reflection, and an outline of church basics for the uninitiated (explanations of the Eucharist and baptism). While the text occasionally becomes over-analytical, vignettes of her husband, mother, friends, acquaintances, and strangers from various stages of her life provide storytelling relief. Parker Palmer, for whom Lane works at the Center, writes a foreword, and an addendum offers additional questions for reflection. (Feb.)

 
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