The Wisdom of the Seasons: How the Church Year Helps Us Understand Our Congregational Stories

We live by stories. Through narrative, we make meaning from personal and communal experience. Shared stories are the matrix of community, woven on the warp and weft of memory and hope. And as Christians, we tell time by setting our stories within a much larger story—the narrative of God, spanning creation to end times.

In The Wisdom of the Seasons, Charles M. Olsen proposes using the liturgical year to evoke, deepen and enrich congregational stories. Through more intentional nurturing of shared stories, he argues, congregations can better understand who they are and what they are called to become. By placing these stories in the framework of the liturgical year, congregations can learn to use the deep resources of scripture and tradition to interpret their own individual and communal stories.


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