The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Finding our place during Lent

Time for repentance, return to life and roots

Lately I have become curious about these questions: Would you describe your life as being rooted or rootless? How would you describe your congregation and the ELCA? What are the signs for you that help discern whether we are rooted or rootless?

Think how famine and war, poverty and natural disasters uproot millions, forcing them to live as migrants in search of safety, shelter and food. Frequent moves and career changes can diminish the number of lasting relationships to a faith community or even faith itself.

Yet profound change in one's life and community — experiences of being uprooted — do not necessarily mean that one does not at the same time remain deeply rooted.

So often in conversations with cab drivers I experience someone who has been uprooted, yet whose roots remain deeply planted. In their stories of leaving their homes and families in the countries where they were born, I hear a faith narrative of finding community among others like them who are "rootless" in a new country and large city.

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