My name is Emily Heitzman, I am the Pastor of Youth and Households for three multicultural congregations in the neighborhood of Edgewater in Chicago, and I am a bricolage. What exactly is a bricolage and why am I referring to myself as one? I was recently at a lectionary group, and one of my fellow Chicago pastors told me that I was a denominational bricolage. “Bricolage” is usually used to refer to artwork or some other form of creation, and it means: “something made or put together using whatever materials happen to be available.” I believe God is an artist, constantly creating us into amazing and interesting human beings in God’s image and colliding us with multiple (and sometimes what seems to be crazy) ministry opportunities so that we can share the love of God and experience God’s love from others. As a graduate of a United Methodist seminary, an ordained clergy in the Presbyterian (USA) denomination, and a pastor of three Lutheran (ELCA) congregations (who formerly served in Evangelical Covenant, American Baptist, and Congregational churches): I decided that instead of calling myself a “Presbaptutherist,” bricolage was a much better (and more fun) fit.
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