Is the institution of the church

to become a dead chrysalis

bound for eternity

in the desiccated husk of the past?


New life always needs a breaking out,

a cracking of past structures,

that the butterfly of resurrection

can emerge into the sunshine.


A repeating process,

centuries old;

new growth more beautiful,

more inspiring,

with each emergence.

May we be brave enough

To let the Spirit go where it will.


Included by permission of the author, the Rev. Ros Murphy