Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Dancing in the Margins: Meditations for People Who Struggle with Their Churches

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Dancing in the Margins: Meditations for People Who Struggle with Their Churches

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Dancing in the Margins: Meditations for People Who Struggle with Their Churches. By Kathy Coffey. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1999. 159 pp. $14.95 (paper).

Robert Randall has argued that the most important reasons people go to church are to belong, to hope, to be understood, and to understand (Why People Go to Church, Abingdon Press, 1995). So where do people turn when this deceptively simple formula gives way to abuse, disenchantment, cruelty, and disapproval? What can you do (or say) when your preacher rails against gay people and your sister is a lesbian; when your divorce is finalized and you hear divorce condemned from the pulpit; when you belong to a church that violates some of the things you hold most dear; when your ministry has been devalued by those who have little understanding of or interest in it; when you've been exiled from your parish for something that never happened? It's one thing to invite God to batter your heart, but quite another when pressed to the margins by the people with whom you pray.

In Dancing in the Margins, Kathy Coffey calls us to the divine dance of the spiritual life because God is good, the world is beautiful even when it's crazy and because even in pain we can join hands and dance. Realizing that not everyone likes to dance, and that some are too hurt to dance just yet, she also provides other options for our journey. Meditation both enables us to access the clear water beneath the murky stream of life, and provides the knowledge that we cannot feed others if we do not feed ourselves. …

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