Anthropologists have discovered in all rites of passage that there are three stages of process:
Separation: Leaving the familiar, the exodus
Liminality: A marginal stage, limbo, tension, shaping, regular rules don’t apply, the wilderness (from liminus, meaning threshhold)
Re-Incorporation: Re-joining a community, crossing a threshold, life renewal, healing, strengththe promised land
Our journey is cyclical, and we must traverse these terrains again and again.
The Church is on a threshold, in beautiful ways, right now. The normal rules do not apply, and we are forced by the pressures of our brokeness and our age to change.
There is a Re-Joining to come.