The power of a third way church is found in its stories. This is Sharonda’s story of exclusion and embrace. Sharonda grew up gay in a church that excluded her and is now finding a home in a community learning to walk the Third Way together.
Third Way requires “opting in.” It can be costly for existing congregations to adopt especially in the heat of intense controversy. We don’t know if the house churches who received St. Paul’s letter put it into practice or for how long. In today’s hyper-polarized setting, it feels a lot like new wine that may, at times, require new wineskins. Here’s Third Way Editor, Emily Swan, unpacking Jesus’ teaching on new wineskins.