'The world for which you have been so carefully prepared is being taken away from you [...] by the grace of God.' Walter Brueggemann quoted by Barbara Brown Taylor in Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith. And very appropriate for me today, the day I announced my resignation to two congregations I've hardly started to get to know, but who I've understood enough to realise that we are poorly-matched, and my overstaying here might cause unneccesary further pain all round.
So I am now a free agent, a priest without portfolio, a Jobseeker for Jesus, still as enamoured of the grace and love of God as ever before, and whilst not totally disillusioned with the church, much wiser to its imperfect ways. Seeing Barbara Brown Taylor at Greenbelt last weekend and now reading her memoir of her similar journey, I'm encouraged that however uncertain things look right now, the future holds great promise.