Laura Pennock was ordained a Priest today. We're grateful for her willingness to take on this new responsibility. She's shared her thoughts with us here.
I knew that saying “yes” to Community of Christ meant saying “yes” to a priesthood call. The call to Priest just gave me the container and focus of the call I have felt for a very long time. Priesthood in Community of Christ is not automatically conferred based on gender, age, or other markers of privilege. A priesthood holder agrees to enter into a covenant relationship with their congregation, the church, and the world to serve as their gifts and the office proscribes. I can be called upon to perform the sacraments of communion, baptism, and marriage, and I offer my unique gifts in modeling Jesus as friend. As I take on this call, I look forward to deepening individual relationships within the congregation; discovering each of you over and over in your joys and your sorrows.