We have a question this week:
We have a member who has drifted away from church. She was formerly very involved with extra things besides worship, including teaching classes and other special events. I have reached out to her and there is no crisis, she is just out of the habit and not in the mood. Of course, other people leave the church but this one feels especially sad for some reason. We make a biggish deal about welcoming new members, but do less well at sending them off. Does anyone have a process and/or liturgy that you like for letting go in a situation like this?
...but we have no responses, or no responses that I can retrieve from the computer graciously made available in the Public Library, upon whom be blessings. If you have sent us wonderfully profound and eloquent responses, please forgive me!
So what are your thoughts on this question? Leave-taking processes and leave-taking liturgies. It occurs to me that leave-taking when it means a geographical move is relatively simple; but what other kinds of "going away parties" might be appropriate? And if not public recognitions and rites -- what kind of personal responses have you experienced or tried?
Interesting questions continue to come in -- and we thank you! Looking forward to your comments on this one -- and further questions as well...send them along to askthematriarch[at]gmail[dot]com. Peace be upon you! and my blessings to earthchick for getting the question out while I was