The Inscrutable Sacred Thread

Posted September 12, 2015 by Marg Herder

It’s the 12th, and that’s the day I post on the Emerging Voices blog on Patheos. Today I’ve written a personal reflection about my experience of the Sung Compline service I’ve been attending at a local church.

The Thread

“Everyone Is Welcome,” announces a small sign over the door of the gothic brick edifice.  It was first placed there to make sure people of color knew it was safe to enter in the sixties; later it served as an indication that people with AIDS were welcome too. Now it whispers carefully to me each time I enter.  If the sign were any larger I’d be spooked.

I’m not scared of the building.  I’m not scared of worship, or of God.  I’m not scared of the two-story tall cross affixed to the wall in the front of the sanctuary. I’m only scared of the people and their politics— though of course, I don’t really even know them.

But the small sign whispers that I am welcome, and I take it on faith that it is true.

Lisa often takes my arm as we enter together at 9 pm every second Thursday of the month. She guides me through the dim light in the narthex into the large candle-lit sanctuary.  Six tall candles on the altar.  Three more high overhead in special lanterns.  One in the aisle, and dozens in votive holders at the foot of the altar.  I imagine each of them being carefully lit in honor of someone in need of more light.

(Click here to read more on the Emerging Voices blog on Patheos.)


Lē Weaver identifies as a non-binary writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. Their work draws attention to: the ongoing trauma experienced by women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society; Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence; and the desperate need to move away from an androcentric conception of God.


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