I was born, baptized, and confirmed as a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, a very conservative group. Official stance of the church is that the Bible is literal truth. Women can hold no real authority in church matters. They can’t be ordained or hold church office. They aren’t even voting members of their congregations.
From there I went to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Similar religious heritage, of course, but not as reactionary. Women hold equal status with men, can you imagine that! I enjoyed the congregation I was a part of, but eventually we got a new pastor(a very long story) whom I just couldn’t get on with. I visited the other two ELCA congregations in town, but nothing clicked.
Then I got a postcard, a neighborhood mailing from the local Episcopal cathedral. It was inviting all and sundry to a reception to “meet the church”. It was close by, so I went.
I’d had contacts with the Episcopal church before. Attended the Episcopal services an Army chaplain held, wihile I was in Korea, because I liked them more than the non-denominational Protestant worship services. And when one of the Episcopal churches in town became a particular target of Fred Phelps, I went to help them hold their own “witnessing” signs. I was mightily impressed when the (then) bishop of Kansas, William Smalley, came and held signs a couple of times, instead of sitting in an ivory tower office. And when I went to services at that church on time one of the priests let me know that I was welcome to recieve the Eucharist(Communion) at their church.
At the reception the people were friendly, not nosy, and BTW, the food was excellent! You ever have nicely warmed Brie, with crackers, at a church feed before? When I started attending, and went to classes, the priest holding the sessions said “Being Episcopalian means you don’t have to check your brains at the door.”
So I switched. I love the congregation I am at. After all these years I even got roped into being a Sunday School teacher(2nd and 3rd graders). My grandmother, (still a Lutheran), was thrilled at that, so I know I’m on the right track. Last December my class helped me make her a 100th birthday card, and she still keeps it in a prominent place.
Whew! Looks at post. I guess that boils down to two changes.