My name is Emily Heitzman, I am the Pastor of Youth and Households for three multicultural congregations in Chicago, and I am a bricolage.  What exactly is a bricolage and why am I referring to myself as one?  I was recently at a lectionary group, and one of my fellow Chicago pastors told me that I was a denominational bricolage.  “Bricolage” is usually used to refer to artwork or some other form of creation, and it means: “something made or put together using whatever materials happen to be available.”  I believe God is an artist, constantly creating us into amazing and interesting human beings in God’s image and colliding us with multiple (and sometimes what seems to be crazy) ministry opportunities so that we can share the love of God and experience God’s love from others.   As a graduate of a United Methodist seminary, an ordained clergy in the Presbyterian (USA) denomination, and a pastor of three Lutheran (ELCA) congregations (who formerly served in Evangelical Covenant, American Baptist, and Congregational churches): I decided that instead of calling myself a “Presbaptutherist,” bricolage was a much better (and more fun) fit.

I post many of my sermons, ministry resources, and other thoughts on faith, youth ministry, and justice work.  I am also a regular contributor for Conversations on the Fringe and for The Pastoral Is Political feature on RevGalBlogPals.


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  1. Emily, that’s so interesting that you’re church experience has been so varied. I love that you’re a denominational bricolage. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve traveled around American Christendom a bit, but don’t identify at all with my earliest denomination. I can identify however with not neatly fitting into one denominational box. I was raised in one of those newer fundamentalist denominations (members usually referred to it as a “non-denominational denomination”). And, thankfully, eventually made my way to a PC (USA) church. Meeting a woman pastor for the first time was truly a live altering moment (but honestly even just the fact that the pastor quoted women sometimes from the pulpit was a huge change). And now, once in a while, I crash at a Lutheran church (ELCA) because the pastor is so encouraging and understanding, and because I think that may I have been Lutheran-ish to some degree all along.

    • Kelsey, it’s great to hear your story and how you and I are connected with both the PC(USA) and the ELCA! So glad you could find a few church communities that both acknowledge and affirm women leadership. You could also say you are in some ways a denominational bricolage. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. A Bricolage…huh well I would think of myself as a evangelical however as the term was understood in a historical sense and not as it is use more in a cultural way today. A Bricolage something to think about thank you for shareing.

  3. Emily….you said “As a graduate of a United Methodist seminary,”…which one? Yeah, love the glasses. ๐Ÿ™‚

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