Peg’s story of retiring from a career as a teacher, leaving behind a clearly defined role for an uncertain future, resonates with many recent retirees. She struggles to find purpose and meaning in this new stage of life.
He was homeless, his illegal camp slashed last week along with his meager belongings. There’s no context to visit, nothing to learn because there’s no place to inhabit. “Cancel today’s church meetings. I have a funeral.” And the process begins, just not like before.
With honesty and humility we can, as a nation, find some consensus on what the common good is—something that can root us in the way sobriety roots those in AA. And recovery shows us that we have a good reason to hope that this is possible, but we have a long journey ahead of us.
In an era where there is no shortage of speculation about why religious institutions are failing young people, Heidi Haverkamp tells a story of a young man who feels welcome, fully engages with his community and its worship, is recognized for his gifts and leadership, and still doesn’t plan to continue being “religious.”