No, thank you.
Actually, no, I'm really not. But thank you anyway.
These are my new responses to the question, "Laura! When are you going to seminary?"
Honestly, I have wrestled, analyzed, discerned, prayed, and tried every which way to make myself fit into a box that really and truly looked like it had my name on it.
Do you have any idea how liberating it is to recognize that it really is NOT a call? Others might be horribly disappointed. I'm not. Really. It hasn't happened yet because it really isn't going to. And that feels very good.
Yes, I can read well from the lectern. I like to write and I'm not bad at leading worship. I enjoy doing it. I LOVE church and I am the biggest non-clergy UCC polity nerd you will ever find. Dare ya.
This doesn't mean I won't continue working on my Center/Learn studies but do I need to be licensed? I dunno...maybe.
God knows. And that's enough.