I suggest that, for the 25th anniversary of the ELCA, we correct an original oversight and name four expressions: Home, Congregation, Synod, Churchwide.
Home is where faith is caught; where the “people in the pew” live and love and make decisions. It is at least as important to our self-understanding and self-definition as all the rest (I believe MORE important).
It’s high time for a small change.
Amen, Paul Hanson! I love this idea...