Stephanie Spellers, from Radical Welcome
Stephanie Spellers is an Episcopal priest, currently Canon for Missional Vitality in the Diocese of Long Island. She is a well-respected writer and speaker.
For millennia, Christians have spoken of God’s plan to draw all of creation back into union with the
divine will. That requires movement. And movement of any kind is change. If our natural orientation, or certainly the orientation of our institutions, is to resist change and movement, then something has to give. Metanoia—that conversion or radical turning toward God—is the necessary breaking and turning of whatever inside us is resisting the movement toward God. Our will toward stability can turn into idolatry, or displaced attachment to a symbol or idea that cannot possibly hold the fullness of divinity.
Metanoia is the opposite force that frees our bound, trussed limbs for movement toward God. God needs a free church that defines itself as a community of humble, courageous, flexible disciples who are truly willing to surrender all. Why? Because God is a God of surprises, and our best posture in
following and serving God is one of openness and receptivity.