Among many of the college kids with whom I work, the TV show Glee is a popular one. I can't fault them for it. I watched an episode the other day and thought that it was good. What I saw, though, was a group of young people who have come together in their high school glee club, each of whom have some pieces of their own lives that just don't fit right. Whether they are the nerds, gay, delinquents or physically challenged, they have populated this shared experience with the best of who they truly are. The results are beautiful. I recently purchased the first soundtrack from the show, and knowing the fictional experience of these kids, the music is all the more meaningful.
Church is like that - particularly in the experience of the young. They come together in "this place" where they know the language and the moves. It doesn't matter who they are on the other side of the stained glass; here they are all God's. And when they begin to share their faith in this common ground the results are beautiful. Watching young people come alive with and express their faith is a constant source of glee for me.