St. Mary’s in St. Paul, Minn., is described as “a growing faith community.” Nevertheless, its rector, Rev. LeeAnne Watkins, says adult faith formation has been tried in every form conceivable but has failed to attract consistent energy or attendance. So, at this point, it’s done for now. “We’ve cancelled it all,” she confesses.
Her hope, as you’ll hear in the embedded video, is that the clear orientation at St. Mary’s towards service opportunities will compel folks to learn more about their own faith narratives.
My response: alternating despair … a clear recognition of the problem from my own ministry … interlaced with gratitude for whatever it is I’ve been able to do educationally … an increased sense of dependence upon God. Mostly, though, I just sat and listened and kept saying “Ouch” very quietly to myself.