Sarah Fossati (in all white, center right), 30, of Gaylord waits nervously before being ordained as an Episcopal priest at St. John's Episcopal Church Saturday morning. Fossati graduated from The General Theological Seminary in New York in May. "Today I'm just showing up; preparation for this day has been over the past seven years," she said.
Fossati is the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan's new missioner to young people. She will work with young people in the Tri-Cities, creating small house communities for those 18 to 30. The majority of her work will have a non-denominational slant.
"The emphasis is more on community in general than on the Episcopal (church)," she said.
"Denominations have less meaning than they used to," she continued. She said she will be working with an emerging church model, bringing to mind the early Christian church as created by the apostle Paul.
"In doing so, I'm inviting them into a space within the Christian community," she said. "I'm there as a disciple of Christ."
Bishop Todd Ousley said the diocese wanted "a ministry that is not bounded by walls."
"We wanted to have something that had freshness and a freedom," he said. "We don't know where the Holy Spirit is going to lead us."
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It's interesting to note that Average Sunday Attendance (ASA 3,029) in Eastern Michigan is down by 25% in the last 10 years (1996-2006).