Going To Church
by Susan Mann Flanders
With unflinching honesty and blunt assessment of the Church she both loves and longs to change, Susan Flanders uses the narrative of her own
life to illuminate the great spiritual questions of our time. What does it
mean to believe in God? How and for what shall we pray? How do we
recover after great disappointment and find joy again? What does it feel
like when the Holy Spirit moves us toward a particular task or person?
Reading Susan’s life story, you might hear echoes of your own. And you’ll
gain a whole new appreciation for what life is like on the inside for those
who choose to wear a clergy collar. I promise—it’s not what you think.
Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington
A very moving and personal story, which will connect with many who are struggling for meaning in today’s world. Bravely written in the face of not only the culture’s colossal and sometimes willful misunderstanding of what Christianity is about, but also in reaction to a prevailing fundamentalism and literalism that insults both intelligence and ignores the call to compassion. An honest and encouraging book for seekers and pilgrims in a time of tremendous upheaval.
Rev. Alan Jones
Dean Emeritus, Grace Cathedral
Susan Flanders has written a fascinating insider’s account of her life as a woman, an Episcopal priest, and a seeker after “honest, relevant Christianity.” Her appealingly personal narrative—a modern Pilgrim’s Progress—interweaves family drama, theological insight, and a critique of conventional “churchiness” to produce an eminently readable and inspiring story. Anyone wondering what it is really like to serve as a modern priest (no less a priest in high heels!) will find this a very hard book to put down.
Richard E. Rubenstein, author When Jesus Became God
University Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
George Mason University
Susan Flanders grew up in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and was educated at Wellesley College, George Washington University and Virginia Theological Seminary where she earned an M. Div. degree in 1985. An ordained Episcopal priest, she has served as Associate Rector at St. Mark’s Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and as Rector of St. John’s Norwood Parish in Chevy Chase, MD along with several interim positions. Now retired, she serves on the board of ProgressiveChristianity.Org where she contributes new liturgies and articles.