Greetings emerging women! I decided that it might be a good idea to write my introductory post while I'm feeling the effects of the Darvocet I'm taking for some minor oral surgery. That way if I sound really asinine I can say it's because of the drugs, but if I sound fairly normal I'll say it's in spite of the drugs. Kind of a win/win, you know?
Anyway, my name is Anne, (AnneGogh to the Oozers), and I'm an elder - not in a church elder way, but in the universal way that has a much more distinguished connotation than just being over-the-hill or a Woman of a Certain Age. My experience may be a little different than some here as I had a very nominal upbringing as a Christian. There wasn't much emphasis put on its importance in my family, and so it was easy to wander away from it during my hippie years. I stayed away from Christianity until my mid-30s when I discovered that unbeknownst to me that small seed of faith in Christ had quietly been growing through the years. That faith-blossoming led me to the Catholic church, but half a dozen years later after much personal turmoil I found myself wandering away. I stayed away from church for a number of years until one day I found myself walking into a building called Threads. I didn't know the word "emergent" in relation to a new type of Christian church. I only knew I had discovered a place that felt like I had walked back in time to what I imagined the early church might have looked like, and that it was a wildly creative place as well. It was a perfect fit for a twice-divorced, ex-hippie graphic designer woman. I found out I didn't have to wear a mask there, and that my creativity would not only be welcomed, but would fluorish and grow within the church walls.
I have been a part of this motley crew for over two years now, and am very involved in a Creative Collaborative ministry that develops experiential worship elements for our gatherings. I have found that life can be rich indeed within a community of Christ followers. Thank God for that. And thank you for having me here.