How laypeople stepped in
My radiation treatment meant I'd lose my voice for six weeks, and our church couldn't afford pulpit supply. So the people decided to be my voice.
When my parishioner got ordained online
I realized that she wasn't looking for my help finding a way out of officiating her friends' wedding. What she wanted was my blessing.
Thinking about God together
Designating a person “in residence” to think about theology may seem like a luxury. But for the church, making room for such work may be a necessity.