|About the Book|
Anger, fear and anxiety had been fueling conflict within the walls of Bethany Presbyterian Church. Amidst this ethos we lost our passion for God and His Good News. Additionally, we experienced the same loss in passion and concern for one another. TheMoreAnger, fear and anxiety had been fueling conflict within the walls of Bethany Presbyterian Church. Amidst this ethos we lost our passion for God and His Good News. Additionally, we experienced the same loss in passion and concern for one another. The Old Souls felt discounted when time-honored traditions of the past were abandoned. The Young Souls felt trapped in a church that did not address their needs. In an attempt to break this cycle of complacency, anxiety, fear and anger, Bethany engaged in a Celtic model of pilgrimage during Lent: utilizing inter-generational fellowship and worship, enacted prayers and artistic expressions of the Passion of Christ.-The candidate and project team created a series of worship and fellowship events that challenged our notion of Church. Using the liturgical calendar, the pilgrimage emphasized the continuity between the Incarnation and the Atonement and the impact upon faith formation. Participants reported a renewed sense of wonder and joy, as well as increased passion for each other as evidenced in the noticeable decrease in organizational stress and conflict. Moreover, the silent majority became empowered to lovingly establish boundaries of acceptable behavior within the Body of Christ. The vocal minority has also been empowered to voice concerns in ways which do not sabotage the ministry, but actually protect and engage the rich legacy of Bethanys 105-year ministry to the community of Muskogee.-On this journey, we (the pastor, the Elders and the congregation) discovered a new readiness to listen, an increased ability to show mutual respect across differences, and found fresh perspectives needed to cast a vision for the future ministry in the life of Bethany Presbyterian Church.