You are only free when you realize you belong no place –
you belong every place – no place at all.
The price is high. The reward is great.
As Presbyterians we belong to an eclectic denomination. We are a denomination made up of a variety of people that think outside the box on so many issues. I read this poem in Brene’ Brown’s newest book, Braving the Wilderness, and like Brene’, I just didn’t understand it. How can you belong everywhere and nowhere? As I continued to read this book (for the second time), I realized that not only can I relate this poem to me, I can also relate it to my community of faith! In the Deep South, we are sort of an outlier denomination. We are not afraid to speak up in an unjust world when our culture tells us to quietly respond with “bless your heart” in just about any situation. We are open as individuals to share a variety of views and may not come to a conclusion, but the conversation is free to exist. Sometimes we just don’t belong, but as Maya Angelou reminds us, “the price is high. The reward is great.”