The priest faces inward, toward liturgy and the sacraments. The layperson faces outward, toward everything else—everything.
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.
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.
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.