It was a long day of travel through Newark and Berlin to Leipzig, which concluded with a warm and joyful welcome from our local hosts. These pastors are so gracious to have us in their homes during a busy week. In addition to their usual family and parish responsibilities, they are preparing for Kirchentag, the church festival tradition at Leipzig and throughout Germany. It is a church festival on steroids this year thanks to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation!
It is a gift to be in their midst. Experiencing their hustle and hospitality is holding up a mirror to our own life and work in the Minneapolis Area Synod. We are already sharing about practical theology, church context, call stories, and mutual challenges like conservative nationalism, secular culture, and church structure. With each conversation, we remember how much is shared in the body of Christ and that we have so much to learn from each other.
We worshipped at Nikolaikirche, the home of the peaceful revolution, and watched leaders from our synod, the Leipzig district, and LSS-MN renew our partnership with signatures, smiles, and hugs.
Our hosts treated us to a hearty German dinner before our yawns took over and we returned to their homes for bed.