I had an interesting/funny/unnerving experience at lunch today. My sister and I were at the mall today (bathing suit shopping...ugh...we went together for moral support) and we were having lunch seated near a table of 3 men. One of them (who was facing away from me) was a local pastor, who I've only met once, but that Todd has known for a while. The other was a neighbor of ours whose children Kaitlyn occasionally plays with. (The third I didn't know). The neighbor asked the pastor how the "the guy with the house church" was doing. He informed him that we were no longer meeting in our house, but that we were using Pastor Tom's building..." and there was more conversation that I couldn't hear, but what I did hear was him bring up, with a not-positive tone, shall we say, the fact that we had women elders. Nothing about how we've grown, what our vision is, or what God has done at Koinonia House. No... simply that we have women elders (which, for accuracy sake, we don't have elders yet, other than Todd & I - we have an advisory team. So THE female elder aforementioned would be me.) It was, at best, awkward, at worst, offensive. I'm trying not to venture toward offensive, but it's kinda frustrating. I hate that when someone asked about KH the only info they got was the highlighting of a point on which we would differ. I hate being labeled. I guess it's simply a dose of reality, and it should prompt me to pray more intensely for God to work unity among local congregations despite their differences, rather than taking offense. It's also stirred me to really think what we portray to people...what are we about, what characterizes us.
On a positive note, the neighbor concluded that conversation with "Well, their daughter is very nice..." I guess maybe we aren't ALL bad. :)