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I am officially a “recovering Lutheran” now.

I think Garrison Keillor coined the phrase in “Wobegon Boy.” Just for fun, tonight I Googled “recovering Lutheran” and actually found the phrase used by many folks who are former members of the church. I read one blog in which the author talked about his hatred of the Lutheran church and blamed pretty much all of his problems on what he learned growing up in it.

For me, this development comes as a result of more than a year of prayerful discernment. As soon as I made my decision, I experienced great peace. That’s because it finally became clear to me that, no matter how hard I tried, I would not be able to effectuate any positive changes within the organization. But I could not stay in an environment permeated with homophobia, bigotry, intolerance, a decidely uncharitable attitude, political machinations and maneuvering, a dearth of leadership and a lack of integrity on the part of the appointed leaders. For the sake of my own health and sanity, I had to extricate myself from an environment that was neither inspiring nor uplifting, but, rather, drained me of energy, enthusiasm and a desire or the time to explore my own spirituality.

I was guided, in large part, by the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world

as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuh

Back to that blog I mentioned at the outset. I laughed out loud when I read the author’s tag line, so I am blatantly stealing it for my own use here:

“Now I have to go nail something on a door.”

1 Comment

  1. I love Garrison Keillor!

    I’m sorry to hear, though, that your congregation hurt you. I know that must be really difficult.

    Hang in there and stay close to God. I’m sure he’s just as disappointed in those folks as you are.

    Bob

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