A year ago, Rev. Syd Hielema attended a presentation by a young woman describing the place of young adults in the life of the church.
At the end of her talk, says Hielema, she touched on her hopes for the church itself. Given his interest in creating genuine communities of faith in the church, he listened intently.
“She concluded with this cry of the heart: ‘We long to be part of communities that smell like Jesus; that are, as Paul writes, the aroma of Christ.’” (II Cor. 2: 15).