Roots of Life Community is a congregation under development, of the ELCA. We seek the wisdom and grace of God in building a community. We strive to serve as Christ serves...with hands, feet, heart and mind. by loving radically.
Pastor Teri Ditslear currently serves as the Pastor for Roots of Life. We worship every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at 222 Lakeview Drive. We celebrate Communion each week, in a casual setting, and everyone is welcome and accepted, just as they are. We are a Reconciling in Christ Church.
Please offer up your prayers for Rachel Held Evans who is in a medically induced coma after having a major negative reaction to antibiotics. She is an incredible scholar, theologian, and author who has supported many, many people on their journey toward an authentic faith. We pray for her full and rapid recovery. #prayforRHE
Jesus Christ has risen, except many in the Christian religion have turned this transformational tale into an individual heroic feat. Jesus Christ is risen: he did it, or God did it on his behalf, and we marvel at how amazing it all is. We turn Jesus into a box office sensation: Jesus, the Superhero, back from the dead, who disappeared briefly to another galaxy and has returned to save us. Or, alternatively, we ignore the resurrection completely, awkwardly downplaying its importance for our faith.
Resurrection, however, is not only about Jesus rising. Jesus Christ sweeps everyone and everything up within God’s resurrecting movement. To talk about resurrection, and better yet, to experience it, is somehow to bear the weighty paradox of death and life evolving together at the center of the universe. Easter is about Mary, Joanna, and the women rising, Peter rising, us rising, and it is also about the universe itself rising. Resurrection, Wendell Berry shows in his classic “The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” is: the humus building under trees, the sequoias planted, the choice of love over profit, the sheer bliss of resting in a lover’s arms in a field, the practice of believing and enacting that another world is possible.
A bit different than the conventional story told in many American churches: “In sum, Jesus’ execution was the inevitable consequence of someone living so radically, loving so unconditionally, and teaching so many subversive and counter-cultural things that defied the ruling powers that be — esp. after the disturbing scene he caused in the temple courtyard where he called out the hypocrisy and collusion of the temple leaders and Rome. Authentic Christian discipleship should come with a warning label."