Curiosity purportedly “killed the cat”--a tired and unlikely adage. Surely life is far more interesting and faithful if we explore how this world works and our spiritual place within it. I think that would make God smile.
I left my teaching position to help revitalize my grandfather’s farm. I asked myself, ‘If farming were to become my ministry, what would I build?’ Central is helping me consider how to make the farm ecological, sustainable, and economically viable, as well as theologically responsible.
I began with the thought that maybe a friend or two would join me in my driveway for conversation and s’mores. It turned into much more than that. Neighbors I had never met before, friends from the metro area and beyond joined my two children and me to gather around the firebowl to roast marshmallows and form relationships. What I learned was that we all need community. S’more Club is more than the sum of its chocolate and marshmallow parts. My seminary training has helped me add a label to what’s happening – we call it church.