The Lanesville Lutheran Church
and Pastor Anne invited me to come talk about WOMAN last night. We sat in a circle; I told the Hagar story, and then I listened to people’s thoughts and questions. Everyone came from a different background. There were many ex Catholics. A few who were on journeys of faith. I remembered how much I used to enjoy teaching writing to adults. It helps me to hear other people’s stories. One woman talked about how being Exiled can actually empower people. Like Hagar, she felt pushed out of her family. And that push has made her stronger. I loved that idea. I also loved how the table was heavy with hand made treats. It was like a Lutheran joke — nisu, brownies, cakes. Probably enough for fifty people. And we were only twelve.